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Is China Destroying the Planet?

Most people when they think of current events, they might think that it does not affect the United States. For example, pollution that is created in China, doesn’t affect citizens in the U.S. Well, I’m here to tell you that it does, in fact, have an effect.

What do you think of when someone says Factory’s? Do you think of workers, large buildings, and gross tall pillars bellowing out smoke? In China, there are many of those factories and power plants that are responsible for tons of pollution in China’s air. There is so much pollution, China’s cities are often wrapped in a toxic grey smog. One of the main reason there is so much pollution is because most of China’s electricity comes from coal. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, when they burn the coal to transform it into electricity, more and more pollution get sucked up into the Earths atmosphere.

Now, you might be thinking what an article about China’s pollution has to do with the United States. Did you know that 30% of San Francisco’s air pollution has drifted across the Pacific from China? Air pollution in China can travel up to Central Valley of California. Rising levels of air pollution in Beijing has brought a new disease called the Beijing cough. Also, an average American breathes 2 gallons of air per minute which means around 3400 gallons of air each day. If we breathe 3400 gallons of air a day, then it’s really important that our air is clean. Inhaling air pollution takes away at least 1-2 years of an average life of a human. And, it’s not just affecting Americans, air pollution that causes smog affects dolphins and makes them suffer from black lung diseases. So, ask yourself, are events in other countries affecting the U.S.A?

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