Gallery: Wave of Public Criticism Causes China to Cave on Pollution Con...


In response to a practical protest by Chinese citizens worried about levels of air pollution, China’s government has announced a plan to measure and limit the amount of small particle pollution in the country’s air. It all started last May when a Chinese citizen purchased a $4,000 air quality monitor and started posting daily pollution levels on the internet. That move caused a domino effect and monitors were purchased across the country by citizens concerned about the air they were breathing. The citizen-action caused the demise of China’s government propaganda about the quality of their air. Where last year the government was touting 274 “blue sky days”, this year they’ve promised to do their own monitoring, saying that they will institue new health standards as soon as possible.

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1 Comment

  1. caeman January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    This is potentially very embarrassing for a government that does not tolerate being embarrassed. Those people are mighty brave to be doing what they are doing. Godspeed brave eco warriors.

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