In our travels to China, we’ve seen first hand how air pollution is bringing down the overall health of the region especially the air quality in India. After all, we’ve been actively building our brand over there, for a reason – to contain the problem and help residents breathe better than ever. Apparently, we’re not alone.
The United States has recently unveiled plans to expand monitoring of the world’s air quality, in efforts to increase awareness of air pollution in foreign countries and prevent unfit air regulations from affecting U.S. citizens abroad, along with bordering countries.
The announcement was made last week by Secretary Of State John Kerry, who said that the US government will partner with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to expand our preventative watch on air quality into countries like Vietnam, Mongolia and India – who has some of the worst air quality in the world.
This outreach plan comes after years of research on air pollution in China, who the US had been monitoring for a while. Since 2008, the US Embassy in China has been monitoring levels of PM 2.5 – airborne particulates that hurt human health more than any others. Although the watch was not well-received by Chinese officials, the reinforcement did pressure them into putting more focus on implementing air quality regulations of their own.
John Kerry and the EPA hope similar results begin to happen across the board, once their new plan is put into place in other countries, around the world.
What are your thoughts? Do you appreciate the United States’ efforts to help the air quality in India and other countries? Or, do you wish our government just worry about the air quality in our own backyard? As purveyors of breathable air across the world, we’re just happy to hear about any initiatives focusing on better air quality, in general.