Hello my friends. I was not exaggerating.
International Herald Tribune: The Global Edition of the New York Times
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
China Smog Linked to 1.2 Million Deaths
By Edward Wong
In summary, the 1.2 million deaths in China equal a loss in 2010 alone of 25 million years of life. The study found outdoor air pollution contributed to 3.2 million premature deaths worldwide, which means China is nearly 40% of the worldwide figure. Early 2013 showed record high pollution levels in the Chinese air, particularly of P2.5 particulate. The pollution also carries viruses and all other sorts of nasties. We went in healthy and left sick.
If you go, bring a P2.5 rated mask, see the Great Wall, and get out quick!