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Chinese air pollution hits the West Coast

Air pollution in China
Air pollution in China

If you think the severe pollution problem crippling China is China’s problem, you are only half right. According to a study by nine scientists in three countries, including Steve Davis of the University of California and Jintai Lin of Peking University in Beijing, enough of carbon monixide and nitrogen monoxide from Chinese factories is blowing across the Pacific Ocean to give Los Angeles “at least one more day each year above the EPA’s ozone standards.” In fact as much as 25% of the sulfate pollution on the West Coast can be traced back to Chinese export products.

These same products also account for 17%-36% of the various air pollutants such as black carbon found in Asia, including the noxious fumes wafting from China over countries such as South Korea and Japan as well. Black carbon has not only been linked to global warming, but is a know contributor to the rise in emphesema and lung cancer, as well as heart disease.

“We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back to haunt us,” stated Davis.

The report, published Monday by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, also emphasized the need for nations to work together to form trade treaties dealing with curbing greenhouse gases
"International cooperation to reduce trans-boundary transport of air pollution must confront the question of who is responsible for emissions in one country during production of goods to support consumption in another," it said.

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