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  • Sep 24, 2014
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Ex-health minister endorses finding China's smog kills 350,000 a year

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.

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014, 5:52am 10 comments

Cars or coal? Scientists split over main culprit of Beijing's air pollution

As China enters 2014 reeling from one of the worst polluted winters in recent years, experts from two major research institutes have openly disagreed over what is the main culprit behind the capital city's dismal air pollution.

2 Jan 2014 - 12:49pm 2 comments

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

The mainland's notorious smog has spread from major city clusters around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to inland cities in central and western provinces and in the country's north.

21 Dec 2013 - 5:23am 11 comments

Fashion-forward face masks a big hit in China amid soaring air pollution

China’s worsening air pollution has had a surprising and unexpected consequence – fashionable face masks.

A trend has sprung up among people who want to look good while trying to avoid the smog. Face masks are now an accessory and are matched according to the weather, sport or outdoor activity.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:47pm 1 comment

Environmental experts say China's new leadership has to tackle pollution

Lingering smog, dead pigs floating down waterways and rivers turned red and white - the mainland's new leadership was ushered in a month ago amid dreadful scenes in stark contrast to the "blue sky and clear water" pledged in their vision of a beautiful China.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

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

In Guangzhou, people’s lungs are turning black as early as their 40s, top Chinese lung expert Zhong Nanshan says.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:45am

New Chinese name for particulate-ly deadly smog

PM2.5 now has an official Chinese name, xikeliwu, that literally translates as "fine particulate matter" after extensive debate among meteorologists, linguists and environmental experts, mainland media reported yesterday.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:11am 2 comments

Beijing air quality plummets after Lantern Festival fireworks

Heavy smog blanketed most areas in Beijing and air pollution readings surged after enthusiastic residents set off fireworks to celebrate the annual Lantern Festival, Xinhua reported on Monday.

25 Feb 2013 - 12:23pm

Flights cancelled as Beijing is blighted by smog yet again

Thick smog that blanketed Beijing and surrounding regions for a record 21 days last month returned, causing travel chaos as many businesses reopened and people returned after the Lunar New Year holiday.

18 Feb 2013 - 9:57pm 1 comment

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

Air quality in Beijing turned "hazardous" while pollution in Shanghai was rated unhealthy as hazy weather was forecast across eastern regions. Concentrations of PM2.5, fine air particulates that pose the greatest health risk, rose to 297 micrograms per cubic metre at 12pm near Tiananmen Square from an average of 195 in the past 24 hours, Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre reported.

14 Feb 2013 - 3:42am