Air pollution hurts China's people, productivity
The Kansas City Star
It’s hard to imagine being done in by one’s own incredible success.
Yet that’s what’s happening to China. All of the successful businesses and heavy polluting industries and workers keeping the plants going and the economy humming at superspeeds have kept the air in that heavily populated country filled with smog.
Beijing is facing one of the worst rounds of air pollution ever. It has been so bad that schoolchildren have been kept indoors, and people have run coughing into hospitals.
The Chinese government and news media aren’t even ignoring the problem anymore. NBC news reports that more than 30 percent of the 9,000 patients entering every day at Beijing Childrens Hospital suffer respiratory problems.
Greenpeace estimated that in 2012, more than 8,000 people suffered premature deaths in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xian.
There has to be a healthier way for a country to industrialize successfully. The people shouldn’t have to pay for it with their lives.