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Beijing Ranked as Second to Last Most Unlivable Cities in the World

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 14, 2014

Due to air and water pollution, a Chinese agency has found that Beijing is the 39th out of the 40 most unlivable cities in the world. Of course this news has been blocked in China. Shanghai did not fare much better and ranked in the mid thirties too.

Had things like religious oppression, fraud, deceit and corruption been included, I am sure all 40 spots would have been claimed by Chinese cities.


Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital “barely suitable” for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world’s second largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth.

Pollution is a rising concern for China‘s stability-obsessed leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as affluent city dwellers turn against a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has tainted much of the country’s air, water and soil.

The report, by the Beijing-based Social Science Academic Press and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, ranked the Chinese capital second worst out of 40 global cities for its environmental conditions, official media reported on Thursday.


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