Morning exercise wearing masks as heavy smog engulfs the city of Fuyang in China's Anhui Province (photo: dpa)

China goes to war against smog ‘airpocalypse’

China’s amazing economic achievements have lifted some 500 million people out of poverty. But this success has relied on heavily polluting industries, burning coal for energy and a vast increase in the number of cars. Heavy smog is a major problem in cities, and economists have become increasingly insistent that a lower rate of growth is needed to avoid disaster.

<em>China has a track record of tremendous economic achievement. But it has paid the price in terms of horrendous environmental degradation. Air pollution in particular is so bad that the country is literally choking on the fumes of its progress. The party leader...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Air quality measurements taken at the end of February showed Beijing at index level 517, compared to 207 for New Delhi, 34 for New York and 30 for London
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