You Don’t Realize How Bad Pollution In China Is Until You Compare It To The US
But pollution is okay, right? After all, tens of thousands of factories pumping deadly toxins in to the air and water has virtually no effect on the environment.
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Business Insider — Although China’s cities have made progress in reporting their air quality statistics, there is still significant progress that needs to be made, according to a report released by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
But how bad is the actual pollution? Are the figures that the Chinese government publish accurate? Well, the U.S. embassy in Beijing and consulates throughout the country are also concerned, so they started taking their own measurements and publishing them hourly on Twitter.
They use a scale developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Park Service, and other agencies called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is calculated for five types of pollution: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.