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China Spends $2 Million On Innovative Smog-Sucking Technology

By Brian Spaen

Each day, over 4,000 people die from air pollution in China. This is especially bad in urban areas, like Beijing. Luckily there’s been some inventions that have tried to clean up the smog. The Chinese government is also getting involved, and they’ve tested a prototype smog-sucking chimney in the city of Xian, led by chemist Cao Junji.

According to a study by Berkeley Earth, nearly 38 percent of the Chinese population breathes in air that wouldn’t be acceptable in the United States. Researchers took hourly readings at 1,500 different ground stations in mainland China and the surrounding area. The biggest problem is particulate matter that measures at under 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5). 

At under 10 micrometers, this is coarse dust that can already get into our lungs and cause health problems. Particle pollution mostly affects children, older adults, and those that suffer from heart and lung disease. Even with healthy people, bad air quality is linked to coughing, reduced lung functions, and heart attacks.