Harder to Breathe

Tensions are rising across China as the public, cognizant of the toxic effects of air pollution, fights against the government’s desire to grow the economy through industrialization.
 
Despite the government’s propensity to quash dissent, protests have become frequent.

China had, until recently, been waging a “war on pollution,” and air quality had been gradually improving. But after a slowdown in the economy this past winter led the government to boost steel production, bad air returned with a vengeance.
 
Lawsuits, social media campaigns and public complaints have yielded small victories, such as a promise of more air filters for schools.
 
Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

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