Chinese ‘Inconvenient Truth’ 100 million hits

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An app that allows smartphone users to monitor the emission figures that many factories are required, is forbidden in China

Since last Saturday, the Chinese documentary “Under the Dome”, already got over 100 million hits on video sharing sites. This Chinese version of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”, has been made by the famous investigative reporter Chai Jing. In this video she touches the enormous suffering Chinese population.

China’s air is the most polluted air in the world. Especially in Beijing. Recently, Beijings Major mentioned the city as “not to live in”, because of it’s bad air.

But according to Jing, it’s difficult to do something about the pollution.

In her film, she emphasizes how bureaucracy is still keeping the pollution as it is, instead of maintaining environmental rules. Many Chinese authorities don’t wamt to interfere, because maintaining environmental rules could lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.


Chai Jing wants has a daughter to grow up in clean air. The little girl is suffering from a (benign) tumor, since she was born. Pollution is the reason Jing keeps her daughter inside. Just to protect her. Jing is suggesting that annually, air pollution causes up to 500,000 premature deaths.


In China, the video has been responded with positive and critical reactions. The new Minister of Environments has been thanking Jing for the film. But it is mentioned that the Governments media would have attempted to counteract the appearance of the film.

Collecting emissions

The Environment Ministry required about 15,000 factories nationwide to report their air emissions in real time to local environmental officials.

Since 2015, the government has required that the data be made public and some provincial governments have started posting it on websites, though it has not been collected in one place until now.



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