China says air pollution worsening

July 27, 2010
A man stands by windows as a sandstorm hits Beijing in March 2010. China's air pollution has increased this year for the first time since 2005, due to sandstorms, a rise in construction and industrial projects, as well as more cars, said the country's environmental protection ministry.

China's air pollution increased this year for the first time since 2005, the environmental protection ministry has said, due to sandstorms, a rise in construction and industrial projects, and more cars.

The ministry found that the number of "good days" in 113 major cities across the nation had dropped 0.3 percentage points in the first six months of the year compared with the same time last year.

These cities had not recorded a fall in the number of good air quality days since 2005, Tao Detian, spokesman for the ministry, said in a statement on its website dated Monday.

The level of inhalable particles, a major index, was also up during that time in those cities for the first time since 2005, Tao said, blaming the deterioration in air quality on severe spring sandstorms.

"More construction and industrial projects that started this year due to and the rapid increase in automobiles should also be blamed," Chai Fahe, vice head of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, told the China Daily newspaper.

The ministry also found that more than a quarter of surface water in China was contaminated, and fit only for industrial or agricultural use.

was also a problem in the first half of the year -- out of 443 cities the ministry monitored, 189 suffered from the harmful precipitation.

And in eight cities, including a district of Shanghai, the rain that fell for the first six months was constantly acid, the statement said.

Tao said that despite some improvements, China still faced a "grim" situation in fighting pollution.

has some of the world's worst water and air pollution after rapid industrialisation over the last 30 years triggered widespread .

A report published in March by the London-based medical journal The Lancet said air pollution in the Asian nation was widely to blame for 1.3 million premature deaths a year from respiratory disease.

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Bob_Kob
not rated yet Jul 27, 2010
I can just imagine the winds blowing all that down here to australia..
mosahlah
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2010
The pollutiuon blowing into Korea from China has been worsening dramatically over the last 15 years. I dont care how much China says otherwise, or how much political and economic weight the Chinese carry, they are a dirty nation with little regard for anything other than the value of money.
mosahlah
1 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
Lets see if their department of misinformation posts here. You can detect their suspicious context and mediocre grammar.
mosahlah
3 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
Good point VestaR. I personally would be all for restricting trade preferences to countries on a better environmental footing. Somehow I don't expect much political support for that cause. Even the environmental nobel laureate Al Gore was involved in a scandal over campaign contributions from the Chinese.
stanfrax
3 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
there doing what every one eles is doing on the planet - educated to a system of greed - sets of rules and beleif systems and is considered normal - its insanity what were doing and is effecting the future of our children - were all still in the trees
Rsonnist
1 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
Im surprised that they admitted it got worse. It's all those darn sand storms and dusty construction workers though.

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