China’s increasing pollution problem
The People's Republic of China has seen stratospheric growth over the last 30 years, as the population continues to adopt the lifestyles of the Western world. With increased access to modern technology for the masses, and the need of the many to have their own personal car, infrastructures fossil demands grow year-on-year.
This consumption has had a significant effect on air quality throughout the country, with China’s Ministry for Health accredited a growth of cancer cases to the high-levels of industrial population. Every year, ambient air pollution alone killed hundreds of thousands of citizens.
These high levels of pollution are produce on such a large scale they result with sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (acid rain) falling on the neighbouring countries of Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo. With China frantically searching for a magic formula to try and keep levels down, there have been increased calls for the state to issue travel restrictions seen in country’s such as Singapore, who only allow people to use their cars on specific days to reduce congestion and pollution levels.
Despite China boasting some of the highest standards of living in the world, 500 million people in China are without safe and clean drinking water. Much of the older infrastructure remains, as people are exposed to lead poisoning from both drinking water and the air.
Much of the information compiled has been done by independent bodies, and this has resulted in China’s environmental agency insisting that the health statistics have been over exaggerated. With China looking to boost their tourist industry, it’s important for them to regain control of this issue as it is likely to hamper the economy in the long term.