China’s air quality is getting worse.
A new study says the country’s roads and highways are getting so bad they’re causing respiratory illnesses.
Researchers say Beijing is the most polluted city in the world, with levels of PM10 in Beijing exceeding 400 parts per million.
That means the pollution is so bad that people are starting to get respiratory illnesses from it.
The pollution is not only harming people.
The World Health Organization estimates that about 90 per cent of China’s people could be at risk of developing respiratory problems if they live in the city.
Air pollution is one of the most pressing health issues facing China, which has seen nearly 20,000 deaths from coronavirus.
But the pollution problem is getting so big that it’s threatening to put the country out of business.
The study, published Wednesday in the journal Lancet, looked at China’s entire network of highways and said they’re also contributing to pollution.
It said there are 2.3 million roadways in the country, and that more than 400,000 of them have levels of particulate matter exceeding 100 parts per billion.
That’s equivalent to two to three cigarettes a day.
The researchers say Beijing’s roads, including the city’s central highway, are especially bad.
They found that PM10 levels in Beijing’s central city are on average 2,000 times higher than in neighboring Shanghai.
That’s about 2,600 times the recommended maximum daily level of 10 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre.PM10 is a mixture of fine particles from dust and other materials that can build up on our skin.
It’s a known cause of respiratory illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
The World Health Organisation estimates that more people could have respiratory illnesses if they lived in Beijing.
There are about 1.5 million vehicles in the Beijing area.
That includes about 100,000 buses, taxis, minivans, and motorbikes, according to the city government.
About 1.2 million people commute daily on those vehicles.
The government says that’s about half of all the vehicles that drive in the area.
So the pollution in Beijing is affecting the air quality, which is harming the health of people, and making it harder for them to breathe.
This is a developing story.
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The health department said it would take some time to assess the report’s findings.
It has been urging China to speed up implementation of the countrys national plan to control pollution.