Harnessing Smartphones to Fix China's Pollution
China's pollution is one tough nut to crack. Although the Government has pledged ¥1.7 trillion ($270 billion) for pollution control as part of the current Five Year Plan, it's unlikely that more than 1% of urban Chinese will be breathing safe air any time soon. Coal consumption grew 2.5% last year, increasingly wealthier consumers are using more electricity, and the Government is hopeful that of the 25 million+ vehicles expected to sell in 2015, 500,000 will be hybrid and electric - just 2% of all sales.
The health effects of China's pollution are sobering. Lung cancer deaths grew 400% in three decades, asthma rates are up 40% in five years, and even infertility is on the rise.