China. 1 million people a year still dying from air pollution exposure

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We talked recently about the huge progress China has made cleaning up levels of Particulate Matter (PM2.5). But as PM levels have fallen, other types of air pollution are still a threat. This may explain why, despite BILLIONS of dollars spent, Chinese people are still dying at an alarming rate. It may also explain why there was no real improvement in the number of extremely polluted winter days between 2013 and 2017.

According to a research team at Harvard, certain types of pollution in China need more attention. Up until now, the government has focused on cleaning up China’s coal burning power plants. As a result, they have successfully reduced levels of sulfur dioxide from the air. However, scientists believe that it’s formaldehyde from vehicles, chemical factories and oil refineries that continues to cause the high death rate. The Harvard team believes that by focusing on this specific type of pollution, China will improve air quality and save lives.

For more on this, here’s the article.

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