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Beijing Pollution

The capital of China is in need of some major changes. In this paper I will discuss a air pollution issue in Beijing, China. It is no secrete that China has one of the largest populations in the world, it also has one of the worst air qualities in the world in its capital Beijing.

The air quality in Beijing is so bad it has been know to have over 100 cancer causing pollutants in the air to include ultraviolent radiation, silica dust, tobacco smoke, asbestos, and even plutonium. One of the major sources of air pollution is a product of coal burning. Coal is a primary source for most residents for heating their homes. During the winter months the air quality reaches levels off the charts, air quality test range from 600-1000 micrograms per cubic meter. A normal level is 0-50 micrograms per cubic meter. When the air quality reaches levels over 600 it will cause smog, which lowers visibility, causing issues such as flight delays and school closings.

The government has initiated a new program, which will help the population understand the risk. The plan will also help predict pollution patters. The system the government plans on using is a four-color system indicating air quality levels from heavy to serious. The alerts will also have action plans associated with them. On days when there is more that 300 micrograms per cubic meter, the city will do extra street washing to keep dust and dirt from rising in the air. That is just an example of some of the uses of the new program.

In conclusion Beijing has a lot of work ahead, but the citizens should take some comfort in know that the issue of air pollution is getting global attention. The new system may initiate new programs to help aid in the fight against air…...

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