How Public Opinion Affects Air Quality: A Chinese Case Study
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Yipeng Zhang is a researcher affiliated with Beijing Normal University at the School of Economics and Resource Management. His work focuses on public perceptions of pollution and air quality.

                       

How Public Opinion Affects Air Quality: A Chinese Case Study

China has achieved notable economic development in recent decades. However, such achievement comes with serious environmental and social costs. The issue of environmental deterioration, particularly air pollution, has drawn extensive concern from the public as well as policymakers and scholars. In early 2012, the Chinese government released documents requiring the adoption of a new standard for Air Quality Index (AQI), which addresses the concentrations of air pollutants including PM2.5, PM10, ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), etc., and their constant updates...

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