by tdong1 on February 26, 2014 - 7:39pm
China is a rapid growth country, but recently it also is known for its serious air pollution. Specifically, in a recent article in Trends magazine, Kim & Jones (2013) they pointed out that the social awareness of Chinese air pollution began in 2008 when Beijing held the Olympic game, and the U.S. Embassy started to monitor the air condition of Beijing. From this, they found shocking results, and posted them on twitter, but people who live in the mainland of China and are experiencing this problem are actually finding out much later than those who are not. Their article also pointed out the reason of this is due to the “Great Chinese Firewall,” but when people finally know what is going on around them, Chinese government starts to “pleas and warning” the U.S. Embassy that the air monitor published results are potentially a risk of unintended social consequences. People already know about air pollution, and still the government does not instantly fix the issue, but instead they start put their own result which is always much lower than the result of U.S. Embassy.
Kim & Jones’ article (2013) discussed this issue in several directions, including the start, the reaction of Chinese government, law enforcement, and their opinion about the future of this issue. However, after all, they described and analyzed the pollution problem in depth, but most importantly, they didn’t give any clear information about how this issue can be really related to normal people. Unlike Kim & Jones’ article, another article had very detailed data. According to Emily’s article (2013), she focuses on one particular case known as “an 8-year-old girl with lung cancer,” and gives statistical data about “PM 2.5 readings (which measures the level of dangerous particulate matter in the air).” Normally if the PM2.5 reading is under 25 it means the air is healthy and safe for human living (Kim & Jones, 2013), but on those “bad days” of Harbin (a northern Chinese city) the reading can go over 500, and Reuters reports can be 1,000 or 40 times higher than the World Health Organization deems safe (Emily, 2013), and in the capital city Beijing, it can be worse, according to Kim & Jones (2013) it could be over 755 which is already the maximum of the equipment’s’ measure capacity. The details of Emily’s article help us to really understand what “40 times higher than the World Health Organization deems safe” really means to people.
Rauhala, Emily. (2013, November 5th). China’s Youngest Lung-Cancer Patient Is Just 8Years Old, and Pollution is to Blame. Time. Retrieved from Time.com. p.1.
Kim, Margret J., & Jones, Robert E.. (2013, May). Got mask? All choked up in Beijing. Trends. 44(5), 2-5. Retrieved from American Bar Association.