Pollution in China has been reaching intolerable levels over the last couple of years and it is still on the rise due to coal burning, car exhaust fumes, factories and weather patterns.
However, there Chinese government has done little to tackle the situation. In January this year, air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels and though China promised emergency measures to control it, midyear still saw more promises and no action. As 2013 draws to a close, the situation remains the same.
Things have gotten so bad that school children have been told to stay indoors to avoid exposure.
Residents have to wear masks to stay safe from the heavy haze.
Even models wore masks while presenting jewelery on a runway at a jewelery fair.
An 8-year-old girl has become China's youngest lung cancer patient, and the doctors are blaming air pollution. A doctor at Jiangsu Cancer Hospital in Nanjing says she had been exposed to harmful particles and dust over a long period of time.
The incidence of the disease has escalated alarmingly in China and deaths from lung cancer have multiplied more than four times over the past 30 years. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the smog-ridden capital.
To top it all off, Chinese state media seems to have released a list of five “surprising benefits” of smog including:
i. It unifies the Chinese people.
ii. It makes China more equal.
iii. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China’s economic development.
iv. It makes people funnier.
v. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).
Our simple minds are unable to comprehend the thought process behind the reasoning. It is beyond us.