Seeing through the smog

China’s air pollution challenge for East Asia

Authored by: Angel Hsu

Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415659857
eBook ISBN: 9781315774862
Adobe ISBN: 9781317685715

10.4324/9781315774862.ch10

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Abstract

Air pollution is one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing Asia, and in particular, China today. In 2011 populations in more than 160 Asian cities were routinely exposed to air pollution levels above those deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). Many of these cities experienced air pollution levels more than double recommended levels (CAI-Asia 2012). The recent Global Burden of Disease project estimates that ~3.4 million deaths worldwide each year can be attributed to outdoor air pollution (Lim et al. 2012). As cities within Asia continue to industrialize and urbanize, air pollution and its social, economic, political, and environmental consequences will pose major regional challenges.

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