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Map of global air-particulate pollution  (Source: Aaron van Donkelaar, Dalhousie University)
Industrial sector of this region has the highest concentration of particulates

Canadian scientists have developed a map of global air-particulate pollution using National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite data, and it shows that China's air quality is very poor compared to the rest of the world. 

Aaron van Donkelaar and Randall Martin from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada created the map using satellite data because they believed ground-based detection would be "spotty" in areas or nonexistent. The data used for the map is from 2001 to 2006. 

The map of global air-particulate pollution shows fine particulate matter density worldwide through color-coding, where white and dark blue areas have the lowest concentration of particulates and dark red areas have the highest concentration of particulates. The reddest part of the entire map is Eastern China's industrial area.

Despite the fact that the data used for the map is from 2001 to 2006, The Wall Street Journal noted in July that China's air quality is getting worse, and has not improved since the time period of this data.

In fact, more recent studies, such as the research conducted by a team of scientists who studied air pollution along the Yangtze River Delta in China, proves that China's air quality is only getting worse. This particular study concluded that the Yangtze River Delta is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and the "fastest growing economic development region in China." The area has seen drastic increases in atmospheric emissions and energy consumption, which led the team of researchers to use the Community Multiscale Air Quality model along with an emission inventory to measure baseline concentrations in order to calculate health risks and construct control strategies.

Many health issues arise from poor air quality because fine particulates are capable of passing the body's cilia defenses and penetrating the lungs and blood. Bronchitis, cardiovascular disease and asthma are a few of the illnesses that can come from poor air quality. Through both of these studies, researchers can better understand what China is up against and can develop ways to counter it, saving hundreds of millions of people who live in this area from chronic disease.

This study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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RE: Where are all the environmentalists
By EJ257 on 9/28/2010 2:58:09 PM , Rating: 5
The environmentalist's bag of tricks only work in western democracies. If they try to pull the same thing over in China I doubt they would last two minutes. Remember the Tiananmen square incident on June 4, 1989? China has it in their national agenda to become the world's leading industrial powerhouse and things like pollution control are secondary to achieving their goal.

RE: Where are all the environmentalists
By FaaR on 9/28/2010 7:14:27 PM , Rating: 5
The "environmentalists' bag of tricks" is what saves us westerners from having to live like people in China, with lead paint on toys and plastic additives in milk powder to mention but two examples which were brought to light in the west, whereas countless others go on undetected in China.

Do you REALLY want to be without environmentalists? Are you nuts? What would be better by that, you hate the environment or something?

By priusone on 9/28/2010 8:27:22 PM , Rating: 1
I totally agree with both of, that is if I though about the world in black and white. I hate how environmentalists have cost the US tens of thousands, if not way more, but like you said, lead in paint sucks.

Ever read about London during Englands Industrial Revolution? Same thing happened here, but thankfully the US has more land to spread the factories out.

Yeah, polution sucks, but China's agenda is different than that of the western countries. We talk about creating jobs while they actually create them, be it in horrid conditions, the fact still remains, they are actually doing something instead of just talking.

RE: Where are all the environmentalists
By TSS on 9/29/2010 10:33:46 AM , Rating: 1
Yes. I'd totally want to be without enviromentalists and replace them with rational people. Who understand what can and cannot be done, as well as understand the real dangers and benifits of certain technologies.

You don't have to be an enviromentalist to care about the enviroment.

By PaterPelligrino on 9/30/2010 4:14:46 AM , Rating: 2
What is happening in China is the unregulated free market at work. Libertarians should rejoice that the Chinese gov't allows its industry to do what they bloody well want.

You take away the EPA and give American industry free reign to pursue profit and the same thing would be happening over here; the same thing did happen over here until the gov't came down on polluters. Google 'Love Canal' or the Cuyahoga River - the river than caught fire - if you think businesses in the US can be blindly trusted to do the right thing

You don't have to be an environmentalist to care about the environment.

That's a contradiction in terms: the vast majority of environmentalists are just ordinary people who care about the environment. I consider myself an environmentalist, but I don't spend my weekends in the forest talking to the trees.

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher

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