What can be done to solve the air pollution crisis in China? Maxwel resnick

Currently in China, their level of air pollution is massive, unhealthy, and dangerous. Many Chinese cities suffer from bad smog especially in the winter (“More than 300…”). In fact, 330 Chinese cities were reported to have bad air pollution (“More than 300…”). Considering 58% of cities in China have subpar air pollution, something needs to be done immediately to solve this crisis (“More than 300…”). In a Daoist society, when a crisis is existent the original solution is to have a go with the flow mindset. However, it’s hard to go with the flow when the crisis is affecting the health of the citizens and members of the Chinese society.Currently in China, their level of air pollution is massive, unhealthy, and dangerous. Many Chinese cities suffer from bad smog especially in the winter (“More than 300…”). In fact, 330 Chinese cities were reported to have bad air pollution (“More than 300…”). Considering 58% of cities in China have subpar air pollution, something needs to be done immediately to solve this crisis (“More than 300…”). In a Daoist society, when a crisis is existent the original solution is to have a go with the flow mindset. However, it’s hard to go with the flow when the crisis is affecting the health of the citizens and members of the Chinese society.

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/more-than-330-chinese-towns-and-cities-plagued-by-air-pollution-1652598?site=full

China is putting in serious effort to improve the quality of their air (“Tan, Huileng”). The problem is the PM2.5 particles are particulate matter small enough to enter the body and into the bloodstream causing future and immediate health concerns (“Tan, Huileng”). China has made progress but severely slowed down during the second half of 2016. However, so far China has worked to shut coal-fired power plants which are extremely harmful for the environment (“Tan, Huileng”). They also took a national pledge to improve their air quality in 2017 (“Tan, Huileng”).

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/19/chinas-air-pollution-woes-need-a-greater-clean-up-push-environmental-groups-say.html

There are a number of ways to improve the air quality but all of them have their pros and cons. It has been proven that in a lot of China, the primary source of air pollution is is coal burning (“Tan, Huileng”). However, it is mainly used for industry use. China would need to make a decision. Either the air quality drastically improves which would hurt certain fields of industry, or the industries that involve coal burning stay the same and the air quality stays at the dreadful level which it is currently at. Also, China has set a target for where they want their PM2.5 levels to be (“Future PM2.5 Air”). Although they have a long way to go, China is working hard to improve the quality of its air (“Future PM2.5 Air”).

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/07/asia/china-beijing-pollution-red-alert/

Instead of Daoism, this relates to Legalism more because in every scenario there will be a party that benefits, and a party that suffers. If they shut down coal burning, certain industries will suffer. However, if they don’t farmers and other workers whose profit comes off of nature will suffer. Of course there is no solution that will benefit every party, but China will do its best to help stop the air pollution crisis, that they are facing.

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