China is putting efforts into reducing pollution
China is the most polluted country in the world. Indeed, pollution levels in China have reached records these past years. That is why the Chinese government has planned measures in order to reduce smogs and water pollution in the country. Several reasons let authorities instigate changes.
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Health issues are at the center of concerns
Between 2007 and 2014, the number of people dying prematurely from lethal air pollution has increased from 750,000 to 2.2 million.
Public health is one of the reasons which have encouraged the government to establish rules. Air pollution and population dissatisfaction have risen many in China. The smog which is constantly present in the atmosphere is due to coal combustion: it represents 70% of electricity and heating sources. The Chinese government wants to replace coal energy with wind and solar systems and other more sustainable energies. Plants that exceed the authorized limits will be punished. A few energy plants will need to go through some technical transformations in order to be in compliance with Chinese regulations. A five-year quota plan will indeed allow companies to buy coal depending on their coal, which they will sell if they have not used it.
What is the Chinese government planning for environmental protection?
The Chinese government also wants to reduce the greenhouse gas effect. It has promised to decrease the level of dangerous particles in the air. In addition, green accommodations will replace the former building, water-saving and waste sorting systems will be improved. China will avoid massive deforestation and protect forests.
China tries to set an example …
A 9km long ecologic bridge long was built in order to protect Hubei Valley. Four kilometers were built above a river, therefore avoiding deforestation in this region and protecting the huge valley.
However, it could make better choices.
A second railway line will be built between Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the Region of Chengdu in the South East of China: the trip will last only 15 hours. The first railway line built at an altitude of 5,000m was opened in 2006 and had involved moving the local population. As a consequence, Tibet’s identity is threatened.
This project is part of the 13th five-year plan. Is it not paradoxical to mix environmental respect, the will to reduce the pollution in China, and to want to build a second train that threatens the Tibetan civilization?
Improvements regarding the reduction of pollution in China are still not enough according to the Chinese population.
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