Space photographs prove that Beijing is Air Polution Capital

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A recently published study by the Chinese Academy on Environmental Planning blamed air pollution for 411,000 premature deaths – mostly from lung and heart-related diseases – in 2003. It said that a third of China’s urban residents were exposed to harmful levels of pollution.

More than 100 million people live in cities such as Beijing, where the air is considered “very dangerous.”

Conservation groups say acid rain falls on a third of China’s territory and 70 percent of rivers and lakes are so full of toxins they can no longer be used for drinking water.[/quote]

Another article, I forgot where, said that on some days, 25% of the air pollution in California comes from China, and that in Taipei, its more than half.

[quote] “They should reiterate their commitments to Kyoto and emissions reductions and the carbon markets created by them,” said Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace International’s climate policy adviser.

“Unless they’re binding, hard commitments, it’s just wishy-washy talk of voluntary partnerships and fluffy agreements,” Sawyer said. [/quote]