Air Pollution Linked to 1.2M Deaths in China in 2010
Here is an interesting piece on how, due to the lack of pollution controls and environmental protections, 1.2 million people died prematurely in China in 2010. According to a new analysis first published by Lancet based on 2010′s Global Burden of Disease Study, air pollution caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide with more than a third in China.
The New York Times reported:
Chinese officials cut out sections of a 2007 report called "Cost of Pollution in China" that discussed premature deaths. The report’s authors had concluded that 350,000 to 400,000 people die prematurely in China each year because of outdoor air pollution.
There has been growing outrage in Chinese cities over what many say are untenable levels of air pollution. Cities across the north hit record levels in January, and official Chinese newspapers ran front-page articles on the surge - what some foreigners call the "airpocalypse" - despite earlier limits on such discussion by propaganda officials.