Written by: Kelly Ellam
According to Chemical and Engineering News, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection last year indicated that air quality in 265 of the 338 major Chinese cities exceeded the national health standard that year. Many students on Aurora University’s campus walk from dorms to class or commute. There is currently an estimated 4.5 billion people around the world exposed to levels of particulate air pollution that are at least twice what the World Health Organization (WHO) considers safe, said by Reuters. When asked Jai Rose, a freshman, english major at Aurora University explains that she would probably not go out as much, and be very cautious of the events that she would have to go outside for if
the air pollution by us was as hazardous as China.
According to Reuters, breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. This study was done at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. With the pollution problem in China, many students are feeling uneasy about studying abroad in pollution populated cities. When talking to Nicole DuBois, a freshman studying social work at Aurora University she explained that she would only study abroad for a short amount of time, but it would make her feel less safe while in China.
When thinking about it, the health of students in China, “can cause heart attacks and strokes, and premature death” as well as “reduced lung development in children, asthma attacks, coughing and wheezing and reduced lung function (especially for children or people with lung diseases such as asthma)”, says USA Today College. While researching air pollution, it makes one think about how their life can be changed just by walking to class.