Air Pollution In China

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It is no secret that China is one of the fastest growing countries in the nation, and over the past 3 decades China has had the fastest economic growth over all major nations. In conjunction to China’s economic development and industrialization comes the excessive burning of coal as a source of energy. According to china's ministry of environmental protection 9 out of 10 cities have such robust developed economy that they fail the countries pollution test. Manufacturing activities are the leading cause of environmental problems, And as the country continues to burn coal the country shows dangerous signs of apocalyptic levels. China is the world's largest polluter and they burn almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Industrial areas outside the city burn coal around the clock in order to power factories, high winds carry particulate matter throughout the country, not only affecting rural areas, but urban communities as well. China's reasons for using coal as an energy source, as opposed to alternatives, are that they have a huge resource for coal as well as it is an inexpensive and reliable source of energy. Although, burning coal is on the decline, it is still a large part of China’s energy structure. It is visibly evident that China’s air pollution is at a frightening all time high. These highly toxic particulate matter levels are not only concerning for the 21 million residents of Beijing, but as well as the rest of the world. Charlie Cambell a

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