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/ Opinion/ EditorialsSeeing cleaner path aheadUpdated: 2013-11-07 07:25( China Daily)Comments Print Mail Large Medium  SmallNever have we been so shocked by the smog.The air pollution that is choking an increasingly larger area, and even causing concern in neighboring countries, is something we all can see.And sadly, the less we can see, the worse we can see it is.When the northeastern city Harbin was shrouded in smog a week ago, visibility was down to about 10 meters and gauze masks were a necessity for local residents.A couple walk in Beijing on a hazy day, Nov 2, 2013. [Photo by Xu Jingxing / Asianewsphoto]
Although there is no confirmed correlation between the smog and cancer, an increasing number of lung cancer patients have been reported in many parts of the country in recent years.The worsening air pollution is a threat to peoples mental and physical health, Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of National Development and Reform Commission, admitted at a press conference on Tuesday.Xie, who for a long time was the official in charge of environmental protection, attributed the air pollution to the countrys obsolete development model, its unreasonable industrial and energy structure and the extensive discharge of pollutants by some companies.He promised that China would considerably improve its air quality over the next 10 years as it addressed these issues and switched to a more sustainable development path.Along with the State Councils action plan for air pollution control that was released in September, 35 measures will be adopted and specific tasks will be designated to specific region and working units, according to Xie. For example, Beijing will reduce the number of motor vehicle plates to be issued to 150,000 a year from the current 240,000 from next year.However, to realize a cleaner development mode, the worsening air pollution must instill in decision-makers at all levels the urgency of adopting greener development policies for the future, as their way of thinking is key to cleaner air and better environmental health.With urbanization becoming a major driver of economic growth, decision-makers need to consider carefully the environmental impacts when making their development decisions.We hope that 10 years of efforts may prove sufficient to repay the debt we have built up to the environment over the past three decades. But will we then have to pay off a debt accumulated over the next 10 years?(China Daily 11/07/2013 page8)8.03KRelated StoriesSchools to be closed for air pollutionHarsher punishments urged to battle air pollutionStudy shows PM1 air pollution is most harmfulChina to inspect air pollution controlMost ViewedTodays Top NewsRetain confidence in ChinaMore flexible holidays neededSeeing cleaner path aheadEnvironment is a priorityIndependent body fights corruptionConcrete actions on consensusStep backward for low-carbon strategyColumnistsEnglish education still a priorityA different view outside WashingtonmoreCartoonThe second termThe Drone Controversy GM foodUS spying networkSpecialStar bloggers on China DailyGlobal view on Chinas sessionsrobert237Teenager wanders onto US munitionsMichaelMGreat Chinese studentsliu5222512The thinking of the English training……| 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