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New Gov't Report Shows China's Air Pollution Worries Going from Bad to Worse

The country knew its air pollution problem was bad, then a new Ministry of Environmental Protection report showed just how bad air in most major cities is
By staff reporter Gong Jing

(Beijing) – On March 25, the World Health Organization increased its estimate for the number of premature deaths related to air pollution in China every year from the previous 3.2 million to 7 million. On the same day, the Ministry of Environmental Protection released an annual report on air quality that included data that was even more worrisome.

The document was the first national air quality report since China began monitoring PM 2.5 – inhalable matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter that can damage the lungs – in 74 major cities on January 1, 2013.

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