China’s export industry is responsible for dirty emissions that are blowing across the Pacific Ocean and contributing to smog in the United States.
About one-fifth of the pollution China spews into the atmosphere comes from producing goods for export to the United States and other countries, according to a new scientific paper entitled: “China’s international trade and air pollution in the United States” and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Winds blow pollutants from Chinese power plants and factories across the Pacific in about six days, where they boost levels of smog in the United States.
Los Angeles and parts of the eastern U.S. experienced at least one extra day of smog that exceeded federal health standards for ozone in 2006 as a result of emissions from export manufacturing in China, the study found.
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