Chinese Governments Publishes Latest Air Quality Improvement Figures

 

 BBC Beijing Article (Proffessor Frank Kelly of KCL Interview)               Impact of Air Pollution

The Chinese Government claims they have met their 2017 goal of Goal of 58 micrograms of PM2.5 (Particulate Matter with a length of 2.5 microns or less) . Professor Frank Kelly of King's College Environemental department suggests further research is needed.

 

Whilst the Chinese government reportedly pledged $18.22 billion to tackle the levels of Air Pollution at the beginning of 2017, Professor Frank Kelly of Environemental Health at King's College London has stated that air pollution is "very weather dependent"... and therefore the new figure of 58 micrograms of PM2.5 in Beijing - still 5.8x higher than the limit as set out by the WHO -  was not a definitive reflection of the impact of measurements and investments made in China. For example, a "warmer winter" could simply have resulted in les fumes being omitted from millions of heating systems within China. 

Prof Kelly has stated, therefore, that in order to properly assess the impact of the governments efforts, that a record from not one, but "several years" would be needed. 

To summarise: While it is unclear as to whether China managed to reduce the air pollution by fluke weather changes or through sustained governmental efforts, the fact still remains that for the population of people in cities such as Beijing, they are consuming far above the average particle matter as they conduct their daily lives.

To read more on the danger of air pollution and the impact on human health in a general population, please read here, for further detailed expanation from a paper published by the MRC.