【新唐人2014年03月28日讯】3月26号，北京又笼罩在灰濛蒙的阴霾里。25号，一份报告显示，中国空气污染导致的过早死亡和健康问题，造成每年三千亿美元的损失。同一天，中国环保部门公布了去年全中国74个主要城市的空气质量报告，其中，京津冀 —— 河北区域污染最严重，污染天数占全年40%。
受阴霾笼罩影响，25、26号，京津冀 —— 河北大部分地区的空气质量指数，徘徊在中度至严重空气污染级别。26号当天，PM2.5的空气悬浮微粒浓度，最高达到每立方米400到500微克，超过世界卫生组织建议的安全标准（每立方米25微克）16倍。
Weather Dictates Haze or No Haze
On March 26, Beijing found itself once again,
submerged in grey haze.
On March 25, a report was released claiming, the poor health
and early death rate increase,
was mainly due to poor air pollution, costing the state
US$ 300 billion in costs.
On the same day, the Official Environmental Department
of Chinese Communist Party (CCP),
published an air quality report on 74 major cities,
based on last year.
Among them, a large region covering the whole of Beijing,
Tianjin and Hebei Province,
has the worst air quality pollution, giving it a ratio of around
40 percent polluted days in the one year.
Impacted by haze invasion, on March 25 and 26,
most areas including Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province,
have moderate to serious levels of air pollution.
On March 26, the worst recorded measurements came back as,
400-500 micrograms per cubic meter,
which measures at16 times more the recommended
safe levels of pollution.
The recommended levels brought out by the
World Health Organisation(WHO),
confirm 25 micrograms per cubic meter
are the advised rate.
According to a predication from the meteorology department,
such cases in weather, bring their very own strong odour,
and thought this will last till March 28.
Some netizens from the areas most polluted wrote of their
discontent upon the Internet:
“Haze is beside me, in the heart, how can I dispel it…?"
And, “when will such ghost-like life be far from us?"
Recently, Beijing non-professional air pollution expert
spent some time in the cardiac ward of
Peking University First Hospital.
He said, the reason that he and surrounding people have
become impacted by disease,
is mainly due to the very high levels of air pollution.
Chen Jing: “There are no vacant beds within the hospital.
At the beginning, I just took it for granted that
at first I thought the air pollution would just affect my lungs,
but actually now, it appears it can enter the blood stream and
further affect cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems.
Currently cancers have accounted for the number one cause
of death cases out of all the diseases.
I think it is definitely the case that, this has close and direct
relation to the air pollution we are experiencing."
China’s Development Research Centre for State Council
and World Bank,
jointly published their most recent report on March 25.
It states that due to the high death rate and other
health issues produced by China’s air pollution,
an estimated annual loss of US$100 billion to US$300 billion
has been experienced.
The former Minister of Health Chen Zhu, made a statement
last December in the medical academic journal The Lancet,
stating that air pollution has led to premature deaths of half
a million people, citing figures from a recent survey.
So is air pollution really the cause of such severe
and extreme consequences in China today?
International Department Director Wang Jun of
Beijing Unirule Economic Institute:
“Of course, it is. The damage is even beyond
For example, a person has a normal lifespan of 80 years,
but now due to air pollution, people are only
living to 70 years of age.
This means people are losing out on 10 years of their life.
There are a lot of such similar studies."
Given now such a bad ecological environment exists in China,
many of the people are planning to flee the country.
On March 18, America-based Times Weekly, published
an article “Now China’s Super Rich Are Fleeing to Avoid Smog".
It says, 64 percent of wealthy Chinese, who own
more than US$1.6 million,
have migrated to overseas countries or are planning to do
so, in order to avoid the crippling smog.
Wang Jun: “Do you know Ma Yun? Every year Ma Yun
(Chinese internet entrepreneur),
stays in California (USA) for 11 months a year,
he stays and enjoys the good life there.
So now most of the Chinese rich flee from their homeland,
takinging with them their children and their assets.
They said they needed to breathe fresh air
and live comfortably. This is a tragedy."
On March 25, CCP"s Environment Protection Department,
published an air quality report on 74 major cities of last year.
The air pollution of 71 cities is out of limits to the
but only three cities Lhasa, Haikou and Zhoushan
met the acceptable standard.
In addition, out of 13 cities in the worst polluted areas of Beijing,
Tianjin and Hebei Province,
11 cities rank in the worst 20 cities, and 7 cities in the worst 10.
Wang Jun thinks, the official data is still conservative.
Of course, such a figure shows pollution
reaching considerable and dangerous levels.
Wang Jun: “In the entire area of Northern China,
Yangtze River Delta, Nanjing, Shanghai, even Hangzhou
and Suzhou, are covered by haze.
In last November, New York Times published an article,
China not only exports products, but also pollution.
Right now, even far off lands such as America,
are also being affected by China’s air pollution."
American Business Weekly says by citing a Chinese expert:
“China’s pollution degrades into an unbearable degree,
which is like a smoker at a critical moment in their lives,
who must quit smoking if they are to survive.
The inevitable outcome would otherwise be lung cancer."
During this year’s CCP “Two Major Conference" sessions,
Chinese media conducted a survey on air pollution issues
on the Internet:
“Do you think you can freely breathe the air?".
90 percent of netizens gave a negative response.
In view of this surveys results,
Chen Jing expresses his pessimistic vision.
Wang Jun cities have a saying from the ordinary person.
“Whether there is a haze or not depends on the weather".
Interview & Edit/Yi Ru Post-Production/Li Yong