31 May '17, 7pm

NEW BLOG: China’s Clean Air Challenge: $3 Billion Air Pollution from Transport in Chengdu https://t.co/zrkXO0Ta99

NEW BLOG: China’s Clean Air Challenge: $3 Billion Air Pollution from Transport in Chengdu https://t.co/zrkXO0Ta99

Economic loss from transport-related air pollution in Chengdu, China, was $3 billion in 2013 , and that number is on the rise. Private cars and trucks are the biggest emitters, contributing $2.2 billion in losses, 73 percent of the total . With increasing motorization between 2005 and 2013, economic costs from emissions more than doubled. A significant portion of this economic loss stems from the health impacts of air pollution. There is a strong link between air pollution, particularly ultra-fine particle pollution (PM2.5), and cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer. More than one billion Chinese citizens are considered exposed to PM2.5 and therefore at risk for premature death and chronic illness, which result in a lower quality of life, the loss of a productive labor force and high medical expenses. In 2013, air pollution caused 1.2-1.6 million premature deaths in Chin...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/05/chinas-clean-air-challeng...

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