Air Pollution Podcast

by NewsCowboy43 on Novembre 3, 2016 - 3:05pm

James Yaw

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.

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