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The Hair River in Tianjin.
The Hai River in Tianjin. (thatreec/Shutterstock)

What is the relationship between urban planning and air quality in China?

Rapid growth and greatly expanded motor vehicle ownership and usage have contributed to serious air pollution across China. In 2013, 96 percent of key cities did not meet the national ambient air quality standard. In 2014 alone, Beijing endured more than 20 days with almost ten times the national ambient air quality limit, causing public health issues. Scholars from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program on Chinese Cities (a program hosted by CURS) recently published a paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research addressing this question.

Read their blog post in Planetizen. In this new series, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) articles will be made available to Planetizen readers subscription free for 30 days. This is possible through collaboration between SAGE Publications and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. This blog post will have open access until December 7, 2017.

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