China’s Pollution is Exported to the U.S.

The New York Times reports on a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences showing that “filthy emissions from China’s export industries are carried across the Pacific Ocean and contribute to air pollution in the Western United States.”

“The scientists wrote that ‘outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States — or for that matter many countries in the Northern Hemisphere — from the environmental impacts of air pollution.’”

“Powerful global winds called westerlies can carry pollutants from China across the Pacific within days, leading to ‘dangerous spikes in contaminants,’ especially during the spring.”

“Los Angeles experiences at least one extra day a year of smog that exceeds federal ozone limits because of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide emitted by Chinese factories making goods for export.”

Law professor Alex Wang: “This is a reminder to us that a significant percentage of China’s emissions of traditional pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions are connected to the products we buy and use every day in the U.S.”

  • Chredon

    What this fails to recognize is that a lot of the pollution coming from China is generated from the US. The consumer electronics that we throw away here get shipped to China for recycling – a process that releases all sorts of toxic chemicals and is often done in the open.

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