It seems the smog situation in China is worsening by the day.
The air pollution in China broke all records this year. Even a hoax image of a television screen broadcasting sunrise in Beijing seemed believable to the world.
However, the situation is actually far worse than that.
Following are three real examples that will help you understand how bad the air really is in China and how it is affecting the lives of the people in general.
The Smog Resembles A “Nuclear Winter”
After Beijing’s polluted haze reached poisonous levels last week, prompting an Orange alert – the second highest level in the capital’s warning system – air pollution has now started affecting the growth of crops in the Asian country.
Chinese scientists compared the toxic haze to a “nuclear winter” that has started slowing down photosynthesis in plants which is the process of making food or energy from light.
“If the smog persists, Chinese agriculture will suffer conditions somewhat similar to a nuclear winter,” an associate professor at China’s Agricultural University’s College of Water Resources & Civil Engineering told the Guardian.
A Man Just Decided To Sue The Chinese Government Over Severe Smog
Li Guixin, a resident of Shijiazhuang, capital of the northern province of Hebei, became so upset with the smog that he decided to sue the governmentfor failing to curb air pollution on Tuesday.
He is the first person in China to file such a complaint.
Authorities introduced anti-pollution policies and often pledged to clean up the environment but they have remained unsuccessful so far.
Guixin submitted his complaint to a district court asking the city's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to "perform its duty to control air pollution according to the law”.
The man is seeking compensation from the government for residents living in Shijiazhuang, and much of northern China.
"The reason that I'm proposing administrative compensation is to let every citizen see that amid this haze, we're the real victims," Li was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The Youngest Lung Cancer Patient Is From China:
Last year, an 8-year-old girl contracted lung cancer in China. She was the youngest ever case suffering from the disease in this region and the doctors blamed air pollution as well as exposure to harmful particles and dust over a sustained period for her condition.
Deaths from lung cancer have multiplied more than four times over the past 30 years in China with cancer now being the leading cause in the smog-ridden capital.