Olympians could die from China's air pollution
A bold, but not so far fetched prediction has been
made. China is so toxic, that Olympicans could die.
From the Santa Fe Sun article:
Runners gagged as they limbered up and smog engulfed
Hong Kong's Tsing Ma Bridge. Pollution index readings in February
2006 were at 149, and any over 100 is unhealthy, yet 40,000 runners
in China's Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon, were unaware
of the coming tragedy. Tsang Kam-yin, 53, 3-time marathoner, collapsed
and died; 20 runners would be hospitalized, many for respiratory
ailments and asthma attacks.
Factories spew toxins and particulates into the air;
rivers are choked with sewage. Acidification has spread to 30%
of China's cropland; the Georgia Institute of Technology reports
that the range of ozone exposure in agricultural regions in the
Yangtze River Delta is enough to reduce yields by 10%. 16 cities
with the world's worst air pollution are located in China (World
Bank). The Ministry of Science and Technology estimates 50,000
babies a year die from the effects of air pollution! Thousands
of factories in the Pearl River Delta (like WalMart's) pollute
Hong Kong. Chemical spills have flowed into eastern Russia, contaminating
Russian drinking water.
Pearce, Colorado track cyclist, saw smog floating inside Beijing's
you cough up black mucus, you say: 'O.K., I get it. This is a
really bad problem we're looking
To see the full article about China's pollution crisis,
and how the athletes themselves are at risk,click here.