11 Mar 2014

How Breath Kill You

WY writes:*

Usually, breathing air is keeping to human alive; however, people in Beijing seems have a different opinion. In their perspective, breathing air in Beijing as a small bit of poison. PM 2.5, which content toxic organic compounds and heavy metals, in the long run, it will cause health problem and worse off the human body. The air pollution in Beijing is really terrible during those years. From the article “A small Breath of fresh air” from The Economist, "Pollutants in the air in Beijing have hit 40 times the level decreed safe by the World Health Organization."

Why the government of China still not will to work on it? The answer is simply; it is all about GDP. If the government forced the high pollution industries to improve their facilities or simply shut them down, it will cause China’s GDP decrease right the way, and affect the society in negative way. Eventually, government of China only can use bonus system to encourage companies to self-improve in future. Also, the government provides subsidy for electric cars, which is zero emission. Although those policies cannot improve the air condition right the way, during the time, the carbon dioxide release from China will decrease, which is better air condition for Beijing residents. In my opinion, the government should force the high emission industries around Beijing since the citizens’ health is more valuable and important than GDP.

Bottom Line: The government should apply some policies that will successfully control pollution in both short run and long run.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.


1038 said...

Hello Yuan,

Though your blog post did have grammatical errors, i enjoyed it very much. Your perspective on China's interest of maintaining the GDP was insightful. It would have been interesting to hear to if there was any statistical data claiming how big of a difference the GDP would decrease if companies were held more accountable for pollution.

The data on the pollution in Beijing was shocking! I knew it was bad, but i was not aware how bad it was. You are absolutely right about the Chinese government needing to change their policies to make short and long term changes.

#5694 said...

The air quality is terrible in Beijing right now. It is a huge concern for both citizens and the government.I agree with the author that the government should implement regulations and policies to improve the air quality.
This blog post can contain more information about how poor air quality can affect people's life and their health. The author can also talk a little bit more about how the government can solve the problem by giving more suggestions.

Wei,YUAN said...

#8797 said:
To #5694
Thank you for your comments.
Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. It might lead to people have heart disease, lung cancer and so forth. People’s respiratory system (short term and long term) and cardiovascular health will be better if air pollution is at low level in cities. Indoor air pollution causes about 200 million premature deaths, mostly in developing countries. Outdoor air pollution is estimated 130 million deaths in the world each year. People living in the middle-income countries face more burden than others.

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