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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Ex-health minister endorses finding China's smog kills 350,000 a year

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 11:42am by DARREN WEE

    ... Darren Wee darren.wee@scmp.com Coming clean on China's deadly air Air pollution causes 350,000 to 500,000 premature deaths on the mainland a year, according to an article co-written by a former health minister. Chen Zhu, now president of the Chinese ...

  2. News - China - HEALTH

    Groups push for standards on PM2.5 anti-smog masks amid concern over fakes

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 05:25pm by DARREN WEE

    ... into the lungs", where they can damage tissues- a worrying fact in China, where PM2.5 readings often reach hazardous levels. There is no national standard for civilian masks. Most industrial masks on the market follow US and European standards. How to standardise PM2.5 masks was one of the main issues at a forum on air pollution management and prevention in Beijing on Wednesday. The rapidly ...

  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China to expand anti-pollution programme this year

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alice Yan

    ... will step up its fight against air pollution this year and expand its PM2.5 monitoring network in the wake of the dense smog that has blanketed many regions this month. The mainland has 496 PM 2.5 ... polluted" air, with the PM2.5 level reaching 250 micrograms per cubic metre in the early afternoon, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Centre said. Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian told ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Blanket coverage for a lung-burning issue

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 02:51am by Keith Zhai

    ... to reduce the particulate matter hanging in the air. It said that on the eve of the Lunar New Year in 2012, the PM2.5 level reached 1,593 micrograms per cubic metre in the city after hours ... and their families.” PM2.5 refers to particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter which can be inhaled. Some citizens said they were thinking of fleeing the city. Among them was renowned actress Song Dandan, ...

  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Smog envelops huge swathes of China for a third successive day

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 11:15pm by AFP

    ... quality index reading for Beijing stood at 336 and “hazardous” at 1pm on Wednesday. The index rates a reading over 150 as “unhealthy” and above 300 as “hazardous”. Meanwhile, the Beijing Municipal ...

  6. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    PM2.5 air pollutants causing more deaths than estimated, study says

    Posted Dec 19th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... matter 2.5 (PM2.5). The startling findings were included in a report by Greenpeace East Asia and Peking University's school of public health which, for the first time, focused on PM2.5 ... mortality rate. Based on official mortality figures in 2010 and limited PM2.5 monitoring data in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xian, mostly from environment-related research institutes, the study ...

  7. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Choking, toxic smog spreads across the nation to inland and coastal cities

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 12:25pm by Li Jing

    ... and accumulated airborne particles were mainly to blame. Air quality readings were off the scale on both days, with larger PM10 particles- those up to 10 microns in diameter- a major problem. ...

  8. News - China

    New Chinese name for particulate-ly deadly smog

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... PM2.5 pollution now has an official Chinese name that literally translates as 'fine particulate matter' PM2.5 now has an official Chinese name, xikeliwu , that literally ... its hazardous impact, so that they'd face less pressure." Even Xinhua blasted the eagerness to give PM2.5 a Chinese name: "The move is rather inappropriate at a time when smog ...

  9. News - China - POLLUTION

    Beijing's air quality rated 'hazardous' as smog returns to eastern regions

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... of PM2.5 at 344 micrograms per cubic metre at 12pm. The airborne pollutants, which are smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, can penetrate deep into lungs and enter the blood stream. The World Health Organisation recommends average 24-hour exposures of less than 25. Pollution in Beijing rose to a record on January 12 with PM2.5 surging as high as 993, sparking criticism ...

  10. News - China

    Pollution is one reason Guangzhou people’s lungs are turning black, warns expert

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 01:13pm by Peony Lui

    ... of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, cited research data to prove that PM2.5 fine air particulates pose the greatest health risks and can lead to lung cancer, according to a report by  China Youth ... to accelerate the development of a “green” ecological tobacco industry. Zhong dismissed the suggestion, explaining it ignored the dangers of smoking. Zhong’s discussion on PM2.5 got on the radar of most ...




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