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Air Pollution Killing Up to 500,000 Chinese a Year, Admits Former Health Minister

Environment  (tags: healthconditions, pollution, world, China, air pollution, premature deaths, environment, destruction, ecosystems, politics, government )

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The equivalent of the population of an urban metropolis dies each year in China because of air pollution, according to the country's former health minister.


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Ben O (140)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 5:52 am
Holy crap!

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 9:24 am
I went to China with a group of about 20 people...and EVERY ONE OF US got an upper respiratory infection because our lungs couldn't cope with the CRAP in their air!

(This despite the fact that, as seasoned travelers, we all had zinc, etc, to ward off any illness.)

It's so bad that, in many places, you never see the sky.....just a gray PALL.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:20 am
That's one way to control population...

Jake Fauvel (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:49 am
This was on BBC breakfast as well, shocking

Katie K (70)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 1:11 pm
It's bad here in the States in a few of the larger cities but that looks even more toxic. It makes you wonder how long the people will put up with it.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 1:16 pm
So sad. Wish they'd do something about it. Thanks Cal

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:21 pm
Shocking. Is this a new way to degrease their own population? I hope not. I hope that the Chinese government is taking some action to control their air pollution.
But I am also still hoping that the Canadian government might finally get its act together, and do something about our environment.

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:39 pm
Sounds like what the big corporations and the wealthy want to do to the middle and lower class in the USA. That's a lot of people being killed but imagine how crowded this overcrowded country would be if all these people had lived. Approximately in the past 10 years, that's 5 million people who have died because of pollution.

. (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 4:02 pm
Diane: Never compare the Us to what China is doing to its people.Yes, I guess it's easier to let the Chiunese choak to death than enact a change in their environental laws.

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 5:59 pm
I saw the footage on BBC the other night. Holy mackerel, that's a lot of pollution. Time to shut down those coal plants for good. The increase of their middle class with cars has also added to it.

Lynn Carin (410)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:17 pm
Noted. China is one country that I would NEVER spend my money on visiting, ever! (mostly because of the way they treat animals - this based on what I have seen, over the years, and especially now with what's happening to dogs/cats, other animals used for fur and meat.) Somehow, this doesn't surprise me about what their government has done/is doing to its own people. Not much we can do for them about the pollution situation - this must be a problem in every country, to some degree. Feel bad for the innocent ones who must suffer... very SAD.

Julie W (33)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 12:34 am
And yet, when two ministers visited Australia last year and the issue of pollution came up, they actually said on public television that the economy was more important than the environment! This was such a blatant statement I was shocked.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 12:48 am
Well, they always said things would start to change when China developed a middle class, I guess they were right.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:19 am
The rich communist leaders don't have to deal with this problem because they are unaffected by it they don't reside in the cities but live in luxury palaces in the countryside.They could not give a fig for the poor people.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:41 am
I can relate since we have pollution issues as well, it is not easy.

Frances Darcy (124)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:27 am
very very bad

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:28 am
Very sad . . . . .

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:14 pm
Awful, I sure would hate not seeing the pretty blue sky,& the stars at night, not to mention the illnesses.

Betty Kelly (4)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:26 pm
Their way way of dealing with over population?
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