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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11683–11695, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11683-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11683–11695, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11683-2020

Research article 15 Oct 2020

Research article | 15 Oct 2020

Pollutant emission reductions deliver decreased PM2.5-caused mortality across China during 2015–2017

Ben Silver et al.

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China suffers from serious air pollution, which is thought to cause millions of early deaths each year. Measurements on the ground show that overall air quality is improving. Air quality is also affected by weather conditions, which can vary from year to year. We conduct computer simulations to show it is the reduction of the amount of pollution emitted, rather than weather conditions, which caused air quality to improve during 2015–2017. We then estimate that 150 000 fewer people die early.
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