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Linfen, China

Many Chinese cities have pollution levels that exceed World Health Organization standards—some are the world's most polluted cities. Linfen is an example. In the past the city experienced chronic air pollution for around 163 days of the year as a result of the operation of surrounding industries and coal mines. This pollution has led to widespread disease and increased mortality and, in some instances, affected the structural integrity of some buildings. Recently, the Chinese government has taken action to improve the quality of Linfen's air. This article considers the origins of the pollution problems that have beset Linfen, actions that have been taken to remedy the pollution, and prospects that Linfen's residents will enjoy a healthier future.

Sources of Pollution and Impacts

Located in China's Shanxi Province, ...

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