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China: One of the Most Polluted Cities in the World


People carrying out morning exercises on a polluted day in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China

The visibility levels of the surroundings in cities of China are extremely low. Air pollution levels in China are high. Data has shown that about 90 percent of 360 Chinese cities had failed to meet the national air quality standards in the first three months of this year, according to a report released on Tuesday by Greenpeace East Asia. The ranking of air pollution levels in Chinese cities is carried out by measuring the levels of a fine particulate matter called PM 2.5, which is considered more dangerous than other forms of pollutants as it is able to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream. It has been found that the average concentration of PM 2.5 in the 360 Chinese cities was 66 micrograms per cubic meter, which was approximately 2.5 times more than the limit of 25 micrograms per cubic meter recommended by the WHO. China is thus one of the most polluted countries in the world as of the moment alongside urban city centres in Iran and India, with the provinces of Henan, Hubei, and Hebei the most polluted, all having heavy industrial factories that rely on the burning of coal.

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The US Sends Ships to Yemen as a Warning to Iran


Aircraft carrier, The Theodore Roosevelt

The aircraft carrier Roosevelt and a guided missile cruiser set sail on a voyage for the waters of Yemen on Monday to join 10 other American warships which are already there. The Obama administration had cast the deployment as a show of force, to warn Iran about its shipments of weapons to Houthi rebels, and to interdict any supplies of Iranian arms. Saudi Arabia has been carrying out a bombing campaign in recent times against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, in an effort to prevent the rebels from taking over. However, Iran has been supplying arms to the rebels, allowing the conflict in Yemen to persist. The deployment of the warships is also meant to reassure Saudi Arabia and show that America is willing to support Saudi Arabia’s campaign against the rebels in Yemen. The American ships have been assisting by keeping the sea lanes open and deterring illegal activities in the area, ever since the conflict began.

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