21 Mar 2014

Smog in China is not severe enough?!

Z writes:*

Someone says china has the dirtiest air in the world. It might be right but not the top one in history. In 1952, London suffered exactly the same problem, so what made them decide to solve their smog problem? According to the story I read last week, “From December 5 to 9, the smog killed approximately 120,000 people and shocked the world into starting the environmental movement."

It seems like the current environment situation in China is not severe enough to draw enough attention around the world, or maybe some countries just pretend to ignore the situation that Chinese people are facing. According to the study from the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, about a third of china’s air pollutants are associated with production of goods for export. If the Chinese government started working on air pollution, reducing the export which means affect other countries' economy will not be avoided. I think all these countries are just focusing on their short-term benefit and turning a deaf ear to the long-term ones. Yes, China’s smog is a regional disaster but just temporarily. A new study says that “Asia’s pollution might be having climactic effects far greater than previously quantified, contributing to more intense cyclones over the northwest Pacific Ocean."

Bottom Line: Solving the current smog situation in China needs all other countries attention and help, they need to give pressure to Chinese government even there are some negative economic effects on their own countries.

* 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.