Air Pollution in China

Air pollution in China has reached a critical level, inconveniencing many who have to endure the blanket of acrid smog that is also causing respiratory diseases among children in particular. The public is now facing grave consequences from China’s rapid industrialisation and some of their non-ecological lifestyle.

Unfortunately, an immediate solution seems unlikely, as China premier-designate and environmentalists have pointed out. -Photos by Agencies/text by Alisia Pek

A cyclist wearing a mask prepares to cross a road in the severe pollution of Beijing. ?Photo by AFP
A cyclist wearing a mask prepares to cross a road in the severe pollution of Beijing. ?Photo by AFP
The Pudong business district is shrouded by heavy air pollution in Shanghai. Several days of hazardous air quality across large swathes of northern China triggered an emergency response which saw schoolchildren kept indoors, factories closed and government cars parked. ?Photo by AFP
The Pudong business district is shrouded by heavy air pollution in Shanghai. Several days of hazardous air quality across large swathes of northern China triggered an emergency response which saw schoolchildren kept indoors, factories closed and government cars parked. ?Photo by AFP
A nurse puts in a drip for a baby diagnosed with respiratory diseases at a provincial children
A nurse puts in a drip for a baby diagnosed with respiratory diseases at a provincial children's hospital in Hefei, Anhui province. ?Photo by Reuters
Heavy smoke coming out from chimneys in the Wangjing community, Beijing. Shares of a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution. ?Photo by AFP
Heavy smoke coming out from chimneys in the Wangjing community, Beijing. Shares of a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution. ?Photo by AFP
This combo shows the Xuanwu Lake under heavy fog in Nanjing, east China
This combo shows the Xuanwu Lake under heavy fog in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province, and the same view taken under non-polluted weather on March 31, 2012. ?Photo by AFP
A man covering his mouth with his hand as he rides amidst the heavy fog in Hefei, central China
A man covering his mouth with his hand as he rides amidst the heavy fog in Hefei, central China's Anhui province. ?Photo by AFP
A woman wears a mask as she does her morning exercise outdoors in Fuyang, Anhui province. China
A woman wears a mask as she does her morning exercise outdoors in Fuyang, Anhui province. China's environmental watchdog ordered greater efforts to issue early warnings for air quality on Monday, as hazardous air pollution has hit many parts of the country in recent days, Xinhua News Agency reported. ?Photo by Reuters
Pigeons fly over the courtyard of a neighbourhood on a hazy day in central Beijing, China. One of Beijing
Pigeons fly over the courtyard of a neighbourhood on a hazy day in central Beijing, China. One of Beijing's worst rounds of air pollution kept school children indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals. ?Photo by AP
Picture shows a row of intravenous drips for flu treatments in Beijing. ?Photo by AFP
Picture shows a row of intravenous drips for flu treatments in Beijing. ?Photo by AFP
Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei poses with a gas mask in protest of the bad air quality in Beijing, in this handout photo which was provided to Reuters. ?Photo by Reuters
Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei poses with a gas mask in protest of the bad air quality in Beijing, in this handout photo which was provided to Reuters. ?Photo by Reuters

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