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Hur världens cykelhuvudstad blev världens smoghuvudstad : en studie över Pekings luftföroreningar 1980-2013


  • Björn Mannsdorff Djurberg

Summary, in English

In January 2013 Beijing was hit with a wave of smog the likes of which have never been recorded before. The incident, known as ”Airpocalypse”, quickly made news across the globe placing focus on the City's immense air quality problem. This paper investigates the extent of and the reasons behind Beijing's air pollution, and goes on to show that the air quality during the 80's, 90's and 00's was in many ways already highly toxic. The Smog Catastrophy of 2013 aside, the air quality in Beijing has actually improved somewhat in the past few years. This paper also presents some of the medical and economic ramifications of Beijing's air pollution, and speculates in possible political consequences this environmental problem may cause for the Communist Party of China. This paper concludes that forceful and more long-term action is necessary if Beijing should ever hope to clean up its bad air.


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Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Science General
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Languages and Literatures


  • Kina
  • Peking
  • luftföroreningar
  • luftkvalitet
  • smog
  • urbanisering
  • partiklar
  • pm2
  • 5
  • pm10
  • Peking OS 2008
  • China
  • Beijing
  • air pollution
  • air quality
  • urbanization
  • particulate matter
  • The Beijing Olympics 2008
  • 中国
  • 北京
  • 空气污染
  • 空气质量
  • 雾霾
  • 城市化
  • 降尘
  • 2008年的北京奥林匹克


  • Michael Schoenhals