Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday August 15, 2015

Air Pollution In China Kills 4,000 People A Day

That statistic sounds extreme, but I doubt that anyone who has traveled to the Chinese mainland or its surrounding areas is even remotely surprised. I feel like I have a brand new set of lungs whenever I return to the states from Hong Kong.

"When I was last in Beijing, pollution was at the hazardous level: Every hour of exposure reduced my life expectancy by 20 minutes," Richard Muller, scientific director of Berkeley Earth and a co-author of the paper, said in an e-mail. "It's as if every man, woman and child smoked 1.5 cigarettes each hour."