Thousands of Beijing Deaths Linked to Air Pollution
In 2012 alone, nearly 2,600 people died in Beijing died because of air pollution. PM 2.5 pollution specifically – a common result of burning fossil fuels and operating vehicles – was blamed for the deaths.
The air quality is so poor in China that the resulting health risk is said to be similar to smoking about two packs of cigarettes (40 cigarettes) a day. Across all of China, around 350,000 to 500,000 heart disease and lung cancer deaths caused by air pollution occur every year.
According to the WHO, the situation is much worse. The organization believes that approximately 1 million deaths in China involve the negative health impact of air pollution.