Airpocolypse In China Kills 1.2 Million: Record Air Pollution Cause Beijing State of Emergency [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on April 2, 2013 5:33 PM EDT

Beijing smog
Smoke rises from chimneys at a steel factory in Beijing. (Photo: Reuters)

A state of airpocolypse in China is causing grave concerns for millions of people living in China.

According to the World Health Organization, the air pollution levels in Chinese cities are 30 times higher than what the organization deems acceptable. A hazy soup of toxic smog, experts have dubbed the state of China's air pollution as "airpocolypse."

Scientists have been addressing China's environmental concern for years. In fact, the smog is so thick throughout the past weeks of record pollution that flights were grounded, roads were closed, and the Chinese people are pleading for their country's environmental policy to take action and apply stricter regulation.

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A critical issue worldwide, a study conducted by Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 revealed that as many as 1.2 million premature deaths were linked to air pollution in 2010. The study was finally published December, 2012, on The Lancet, a respected medical journal.

While "ambient particulate matter pollution" ranks as the seventh-leading killer worldwide, the airpocolypse in China ranks fourth for the country. The top three causes of death in China are smoking, high blood pressure, and dietary problems.

Awful air pollution is also causing a serious domino effect of environmental issues in China. Cities like Beijing and Tianjin are overpopulated. The people of the cities now suffer from an infrastructure that can no longer support them. Water resources are scarce, pollution is high, and public transportation fails to deliver its intended service.

According to The Financial Times, mounting problems in China's cities are causing many diplomats, executives, and businesses to reconsider their decision to live and work at such an unhealthy environment.

 "It seems a lot of people, particularly families with small children who have been here a few years, are reconsidering the cost-benefit equation and deciding to leave for health reasons," said northern China general manager for Santa Fe Relocations, Chad Forrest. What's more, the pollution is also causing difficulty for companies to attract and hire international workers.

To learn more about the airpocolypse in China, be sure to check the video here:

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