Air Pollution Continues to Worsen in China
Smoke, smog and faces covered in masks are common sites in Beijing, China. People often wear these masks to protect themselves from the thick smog that often surrounds the city. However, this is not unique to Beijing; most of China sufferers from some of the worst pollution in the world. In fact, according to the China Daily, some of the country's largest cities have such poor air quality they are barely suitable for living. The World Health Organization also reports that in the beginning of 2013, some of the most harmful types of toxic smog reached almost 40 times their recommended levels in northern China.
China's economic growth, car exhaust from heavy traffic, numerous coal-fired power stations and a severe cold snap over the winter months has caused air pollution to skyrocket. According to news site Care2, the Chinese Government is working to reduce air pollution as they are monitoring pollution levels, temporarily closing buildings which produce pollution and working to reduce the amount of cars on the road. Even with these changes, though, the air quality has remained relatively poor.
The U.S. Consulate in China provides a monitor to measure air quality PM (particulate matter) 2.5, otherwise known as "fine" particulate matter. PM2.5 or smaller can directly impact an individual's health, as they are less than 2.5 microns in size (1/30th the width of a human hair), and are small enough to be breathed deep into the respiratory system. PM2.5 measurements are on a scale from 0 to 500, with 0 being the best air quality levels. CBS News reported in January of 2013 PM2.5 measurements rose to 700, dangerously exceeding the highest levels.
As the air quality issues continue, many are investing in air purifiers to improve the air quality within their homes. Alen is proud to announce the Paralda and A375 Air Purifiers now among the list of available brands in China. These air purifiers remove up to 99% of PM.3 microns and larger, helping to eliminate much of the fine particles that may trigger health problems. Are you living in China and concerned about your indoor air quality? Visit Alen China to help you find a solution to your air quality needs.
- National Public Radio, China's Air Pollution: Is the Government Willing to Act?
- South China Morning Post, State Council Announces 10 New Measures to Curb Air Pollution
- The Financial Times, Tracking China's Air Quality
- Care2.com, China's Smog So Bad, a Huge fire Burns Unnoticed for 3 Hours
- CBS News, NASA Releases Images of Beijing Air Pollution
- New York Times, Life in a Toxic Country