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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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Expendables.
By Thelookingglass on 9/29/2010 10:56:34 AM , Rating: 2
People criticize China for its poor human rights standards. These critics are ignorant idealists and don't understand how the world works.

I've been to China 3 times in the past 2 years for business. China is already expanding far too fast to support itself. They will likely peak within 20 years. After that there are only a few options.

1. Lower birth rates through law or force. Which they already do by enforcing monetary penalties on families with additional children and state sponsored, easily accessible abortions.

2. Limit life expectancy through negligence and rationing of medical care.

3. Forcibly annex neighboring countries to control and devour their resources.

These are things that China must do to create the most good for the largest number of people. Which is realistically all our race can do while limited to a single planet with finite resources.

China will either become a strain on the world through resource depletion and war. Or China will implode and there will be a massive loss of life as the country copes with limited resources.

These statements are supported by pure mathematics and have been echoed in books written by experts in the field.

China does what it must to preserve itself. They know as well as we do, their country and prosperity is on the verge of collapse.




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