Chinese Authorities Close School After Pollution Triggers Mass Nosebleeds

Primary school is surrounded by factories — many are unchecked for toxic emissions

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A statue of Chairman Mao Zedong is seen during a hazy day in the Chinese city of Shenyang, Liaoning province, on May 7, 2013

Officials in eastern China’s Leqing City were forced to temporarily shutter a primary school in Beibaixiang township after 20 students at the facility suffered from spontaneous nosebleeds that were likely caused by air pollution.

According to a report in the Global Times, there are more than 30 factories and industrial workshops located within 1 km from the school. Investigators admitted that exhaust-emission levels at 28 of the plants had not been inspected by officials.

Students were reportedly relocated to another facility on Monday as officials monitored the air quality near the school. According to an article published in the New York Times earlier this year, air pollution caused an estimated 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010.

[Global Times]

29 comments
Peombutterfly
Peombutterfly

about maybe you don't know more and more.that's a little ..

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

if they stop faking everything they may be able to crack this one....there is no way they can fake a way out of this one!

Nancy Zhang
Nancy Zhang

Yes true story. Food .air. Water . They are unsafe .

Timo Knuutila
Timo Knuutila

What a great nation... Just workforce, nothing else, no life, no knowledge of life, but the rich live and rest are just cattle.

Makeda Belay
Makeda Belay

are we supposed to laugh at your cynical joke, or at you?

Josh Hernandez
Josh Hernandez

The price we pay for a shirt or some shoes. .. and I'm not complaining

Mudi Mahmoud
Mudi Mahmoud

In China, you can't imagine how many lives have been lost due factories accident of various forms, and now its pollution causing children noses to bleed. Chinese Industries have sent several hundreds to the mortuary than even natural disasters in recent times compared to other countries.

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

This is what a "growth at all costs" mentality will get you. China, you might just want to consider creating an EPA at this point. Just a thought.

Allan P. Santos
Allan P. Santos

here we go our material dependency coming back to bite

Francisco García Gómez de Mercado
Francisco García Gómez de Mercado

We are destroying the earth (and our economies) letting China be the factory of the World with no control, no environment protection, no labour protection etc.

John Curtis
John Curtis

Why do you think the 1% is sending all of America's manufacturing to China? No Chinese EPA.

Larry L. Cunningham
Larry L. Cunningham

Now we know what can happen without regulations on corporations. .... hope we learn!

Laura Paperkid
Laura Paperkid

I hope China starts adopting regulations like we have here. Then they will have to start charging our corporations more for their labor, and maybe our industry would come back home to the US. I'm glad we have regulations or we could end up like them.

Frank Hsieh
Frank Hsieh

Drinking fresh water and clean air are top priorities for the leaders in China. Taiwan has gone through such difficulties, now we have clean fresh water and blue sky, we need to change it.

Zelda De Wet
Zelda De Wet

Polution because everything everywhere is being manufactured in China. The price you pay for economic prosperity. And we encourage it by buying it.

Lance Brock
Lance Brock

The price to be paid for their "industrial revolution". Sad.

Clare Harriman
Clare Harriman

The school was still under construction. How do they know it wasn't something else? Remember that imported drywall from China that was making everybody sick here?

Barb Butterick
Barb Butterick

It looks like China needs to start adopting strict regulations.

Vitor Paiva
Vitor Paiva

João Paulo Yoshio Silva Na china vc ganha uma pneumoconiose na escola primaria!

Bob Millar
Bob Millar

And Republicans want to abolish our clean air laws? :(