ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperBusiness /OpinionEconomyPolicy WatchChina DataCompaniesMarketsIndustriesOpinionMotoringGadgetsGreen ChinaCourage needed for a country fit to live inBy Chen Weihua(China Daily)Updated:2014-02-28 07:23
Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe persistent choking smog that shrouded Beijing and the nearby area for the past week made headlines around the world. The smog, with the PM2.5 reading going above 500, was so bad that it prompted the World Health Organization to declare a health crisis. “Nuclear winter”, “uninhabitable” and “life expectancy cut by five years” were just some of the dreadful words filling the media reports.It should not come as a surprise that the nations capital suffers such heavy smog, as it is surrounded by some of the countrys most polluted cities, mostly in Hebei province. Even in Shanghai, East China, the PM2.5 reading stayed around 170, three times higher than the healthy level recommended by the WHO.The question people in China are asking is how long they will have to breathe such noxious air.Scholars declared that China was facing an environmental crisis as early as the late 1980s, but their warnings were clearly not heeded. For example, we have seen officials being removed and arrested for corruption and sex scandals, but none have lost their jobs or been punished for allowing their cities to become some of the most polluted in the world.So far, which companies had to declare bankruptcy due to the heavy penalties imposed for the serious pollution they caused? How many business owners were put behind bars for the damage they inflicted on the environment?The laws may have been there for years or decades, yet they are not strictly enforced, or not enforced at all. In fact, such lax enforcement has invited more rampant violations in the past decades.Yet if smog cuts a persons life span by five years, then the polluting factories have taken the lives of at least thousands of people, a crime punishable by death, given the death penalty still exists in China.Top 10 products minting most from smogTop 10 cities with worst smog in China Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesPurifiers help many urban residents breathe more easily while at homeBeijing sees sharp fall in tourismAir purifier makers must remove smog of doubt over qualityPollution to linger in central and eastern areasShanghai rolls out plan to clear the airPhotoRetail giant checks outTop 10 Chinese car maker movesEarth hour around the worldWorlds eight green stadiumsHighlights of the Baselworld 2014View from on highChina Economy By NumbersChina Economy by Numbers – Dec China Economy by Numbers – Nov NewsmakerFew textbook answers from Nobel prize winner Things you didnt know about Max BaucusMost ViewedTodays Top NewsNHTSA says finds no defect trend in Tesla Model S sedansWTO rare earth ruling is unfairAmway says 2014 China sales may grow 8%President Xi in Europe: Forging deals, boosting businessCNOOC releases 2013 sustainability reportLocal production by Chery Jaguar Land Rover this yearCar lovers test their need for speed in BMW Mission 3China stocks close mixed MondayHot TopicsTaxi booking appInternet finance12306.cnHousing priceWeChat4GChina MobileIPOs resumptionEditors PicksTop 10 Chinese car maker moves Worry-free financing plans aid car owners What a phone can do via lens 9 mysterious plane disappearances SpecialsGlobal business leaders weigh in on reformsBillionaires speak out on reform rolesInternet finance is in, but is banking out?…Media : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum||Partners : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum||Portals : |||Sina|Sohu|Tom|Tencent|NetEase|Hexun|Organizations : |China US Focus|FrenCham|CPAFFC|CPIFA||eBeijing|AmCham|SwissCham BJ|…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 20100000002731