About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

China’s Air Pollution, A Costly Affair

by Medindia Content Team on November 21, 2007 at 7:07 PM
Font : A-A+

China’s Air Pollution, A Costly Affair

Air pollution in China is causing more diseases and claiming more lives. The pollution is costing China 3.8 percent of its gross domestic product, warns the World Bank.

Air pollution is costing China 3.8 percent of its gross domestic product, causing more diseases and claiming more lives, the World Bank has warned. While it has put the combined health and non-health cost of outdoor air and water pollution for China's economy at around 100 billion dollars a year, or about 5.8 percent of the country's GDP, David Dollar, the World Bank country director for China and Mongolia, said air pollution poses higher costs than water pollution.

Advertisement

Air pollution, especially in large cities, is leading to higher incidence of lung diseases, including cancer, respiratory system problems, and therefore, higher levels of work and school absenteeism, Dollar said, quoting a World Bank report issued following a joint assessment with China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), Xinhua reported.

He pointed to particulate matter, which measures less than 10 microns in diameter, as a major threat to health. The density of particulate matter in north China averages 112 microgrammes and that in the south, 88 microgrammes, he said at a forum on China's investment environment in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province. Particulate matter has also been a headache in Beijing, with density averaging 141 microgrammes.
Advertisement

As part of the joint study, the World Bank and SEPA also conducted a survey in the southwestern Chongqing Municipality, one of the worst polluted Chinese regions, and the commercial center Shanghai, and found many citizens are willing to pay for reduced health risks associated with environmental pollution.

Dollar said it would be a cost-effective move to reduce air pollution by moving manufacturing plants out of city centres, replacing coal-burning stoves with liquefied gas-fuelled heating systems, increasing state investment in public transport and limiting use of private cars. Despite the pollution challenges, the World Bank affirmed China's commitment to address the problem.

China has put environment protection as its highest priority in its 11th Five Year Plan and called for a "resource saving society". China is set to improve its energy efficiency by cutting energy consumption by 20 percent per unit of GDP, along with a 10 percent cut in major pollutants, between 2006 and 2010.

Source: ANI
LIN/P
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines May Improve Mental Health
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Pollution Air Pollution 

Recommended Reading
Urbanization And Rising Respiratory Problems
Urbanization is not bad altogether. Undertaking the correct approaches during urban planning can ......
Babies Born With Birth Defects on Rise in China
According to the statistics from China's birth deformity monitoring centre, the birth defects in ......
Air Pollution Affects Women More Than Men: Study
Latest research shows that air pollution affects women more than men....
Air Pollution
Nearly 2.4 million deaths every year are attributable to air pollution. Air pollutants may be solid ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use