China’s War against Air Pollution

A Chinese paramilitary policeman marches in front of the Great Hall of the People before a session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 7, 2014. President Xi Jinping continued to pressure provincial officials with questions over pollution at the recent meetings of China’s top legislative body, signaling growing concerns over the social and political consequences of environmental pollution.

What are China’s environmental challenges? Anchor Mike Walter asks Jennifer Turner, Director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, about China’s efforts to reduce air pollution.

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Chinese tourists wear face masks while walking past the Forbidden City as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing on February 26, 2014. Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5, small airborne particles which easily penetrate the lungs and have been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, stood at 501 micrograms per cubic metre.

Source: AFP