Chinese Citizen Sues State over Air Pollution by @DavidKThorpe

President Xi Jinping on walkabout Tuesday in a Beijing street - without a facemask. Picture credit: AP. With China's face-mask suppliers running out of stock because of the huge demand caused by air pollution, a local State Government is being sued by a private individual for the first time in China over its failure to curb smog. Large areas of northern China have been swathed in noxious smog for the last week. In Beijing the official reading for PM 2.5 (small particles linked to lung cancer and respiratory problems) was 501 micrograms per cubic metre on Wednesday afternoon. At the US embassy where PM 2.5 levels are also monitored, the reading was 542. Either way, air pollution is over twenty times the World Health Organisation's recommended safe limit of 25. But if you think that's bad, in the city of Shijiazhuang in nearby Hebei province, the official figure for PM 2.5 i...

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