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Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 5322-5338; doi:10.3390/su6085322
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Tackling Air Pollution in China—What do We Learn from the Great Smog of 1950s in LONDON

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1 College of Information and Management Science, Henan Agricultural University, 15 Longzi Lake Campus, Zhengzhou East New District, Zhengzhou, Henan 450046, China 2 Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, P.O. Box 1000 (61 Route 9W), Palisades, NY 10964, USA
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Received: 10 June 2014 / Revised: 21 July 2014 / Accepted: 29 July 2014 / Published: 18 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environment in Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

Since the prolonged, severe smog that blanketed many Chinese cities in first months of 2013, living in smog has become “normal” to most people living in mainland China. This has not only caused serious harm to public health, but also resulted in massive economic losses in many other ways. Tackling the current air pollution has become crucial to China’s long-term economic and social sustainable development. This paper aims to find the causes of the current severe air quality and explore the possible solutions by reviewing the current literature, and by comparing China’s air pollution regulations to that of the post London Killer Smog of 1952, in the United Kingdom (UK). It is hoped that China will learn the lesson from the UK, and decouple its economic growth from the detrimental impact of environment. Policy suggestions are made.
Keywords: China; smog; air pollution; lesson; London China; smog; air pollution; lesson; London
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Zhang, D.; Liu, J.; Li, B. Tackling Air Pollution in China—What do We Learn from the Great Smog of 1950s in LONDON. Sustainability 2014, 6, 5322-5338.

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