2.2 million young Chinese die from indoor air pollution every year

09:05, May 18, 2010      

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China's Ministry of Science and Technology has included the "Research on Indoor Air Pollution Control" in the "11th Five-Year Plan" (2007-2012), given the fact that 2.2 million young Chinese people die of respiratory diseases due to indoor air pollution every year, according to a report by China News Service on May 16.

As many as 2.2 million young Chinese people die of indoor air pollution-related respiratory diseases every year, 1 million of whom are under the age of 5, according to the latest survey conducted by the Chinese Youth Health Guidance Center under the Standardization Administration of China.

Moreover, data showed that the level of indoor air pollution is generally five to 10 times higher than that of outdoor air pollution, and 4 percent of all diseases worldwide are related to poor indoor air quality.

Indoor air pollutants mainly include formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and radon. Benzene ranks second in China's priority control list of toxic chemicals, and has been classified by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen and teratogen.

By People's Daily Online


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