Air Pollution Podcast
by NewsCowboy43 on November 3, 2016 - 3:05pm
CMC 243-61 Radio TV Writing
James: Live from NPR news in Washington I’m James Yaw. Air quality is becoming a global
issue, as a recent report by Canadian news has found that China tops the World Health
Organization’s list for deadliest outdoor air pollution with a shocking 1 million deaths
last year, which accounts for one-third of total deaths worldwide. William Clarke,
biology major at Guelph University, has more.
William: Thank you, James. While China has the most pollution-based deaths with 76 per
100,000 capita across their population, Eastern Europe also suffers with a higher rate of
death, particularly in the Ukraine, where there have been 120 deaths per 100,000 capita.
This means that while China has a much larger population, the Ukraine suffers fewer
losses than China every year, but happens to do so at a faster rate.
James: Thank you, William. What can be done? With global pollution levels on the rise, the
United States and Canada are ranked among the safer countries, however it has been
reported by the BBC that such patterns across Asia and Europe are most likely the result
of increased industrialization, and that the pollution, if allowed to remain unmonitored,
will have harmful long-term effects on the global ecosystem.
James: Recently, world leaders for the UN have spoken out; saying there needs to be a greater
effort towards environmental conservation, specifically a reduction in coal and oil use
along with deforestation. China has taken steps as a part of their most recent five-year
plan to reduce smog and improve air quality, and in a recent statement the Chinese
premier leader Li Keqiang has made plans to implement his strategy across the nation.
James: Keqiang believes in not only the introduction of green energies, but also the
reduction in resources needed to supply China over the coming decades. While official
figures show improvements in air quality, many people do not feel this is the case. It has
been found that ending smog will require a sustained effort over many years, and we will
have to look forward to the results of that.
James: James Yaw. NPR News. Washington.