Over 100 million Chinese inhale polluted air every day www.chinaview.cn 2003-11-05 19:18:28 SHANGHAI, Nov. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Two in every five Chinese town andMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2003View Source
Message Over 100 million Chinese inhale polluted air every day www.chinaview.cn 2003-11-05 19:18:28
SHANGHAI, Nov. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Two in every five Chinese town and city dwellers, or over 100 million people, are inhaling polluted air every day, an official with the Chinese national legislature said here Wednesday.
Mao Rubai, chairman of the Environment and Resources Protection Committee of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), said that more than a third of the 340 cities monitored by the committee reported level III or worse air quality, indicating polluted or poor air quality.
The China Environmental Monitoring Center notes that air quality in the country's urban areas is classified in five levels:level I or excellent, level II or fairly good, level III or slightly polluted, level IV or poor, and level V or hazardous.[full article is at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-11/05/content_1162376.htm]