Air pollution in China: a study of public perception

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Show simple item record Yan, Yihong 2016-04-22T13:58:22Z 2016-04-22T13:58:22Z 2016-05-01 en_US
dc.description.abstract Air pollution is a serious health and environmental problem. In fact, poor air quality has been linked to numerous diseases and is a significant public health issue related to urban planning. These problems can be clearly seen in urban Chinese cities, most recently with the first ever Red Alert in Beijing China in 2015. In 2015, director Chai Jing developed a documentary depicting the bad effects on health of air pollution in China. However, soon after the release of the film, it was banned. One important finding in the film was the misperception the Chinese people had about the kinds of pollution and the health impacts. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the extent to which Chinese people understand the causes of air pollution and their related health effects. Accordingly, a survey was produced and delivered via Chinese social medium. The survey had three objectives: study the perception of 1) Air quality and the source of air pollution, 2) Health effects if air pollution, and 3) Air pollution and Environmental policies. The results show that 44% Chinese people feel air quality is worse now than a year before, and 72% people feel air pollution has affected their health. One main finding in this study was that younger people took the survey more than older people, as perhaps because they may have started to have a family or become a family; this is significant because air pollution is harmful for children. The other main finding was that 52% people did not know a China Air Pollution and Prevention Law exists. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Urban planning en_US
dc.subject Transportation
dc.subject Environmental health
dc.subject Perception
dc.subject Air pollution
dc.subject Public awareness
dc.title Air pollution in China: a study of public perception en_US
dc.type Report en_US Master of Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Brent Chamberlain en_US 2016 en_US May en_US

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