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​The extent of pollution's harm on China’s ecosystem has been revealed

The extent to which human-made pollution is harmfully damaging China’s vital ecosystem’s ability to balance carbon emissions has been revealed.

The pioneering study, led by the University of Exeter, has looked at the true impact air pollutants have in local vegetation’s ability to absorb and store carbon.

The study found that ozone vegetation damage, which damages leaf photosynthesis by oxidising plant cells, is by far outweighing any positive impact aerosol particles may have in supporting carbon uptake by scattering sunlight and cooling temperatures.

While the damage is not irreversible, the team of experts have warned that drastic action is needed in order to protect the country from long-term global warming.

It has been clearly documented that China has the highest levels of air pollution in the world, affecting not only human health but also climate change. China have agreed to continue their involvement in the Paris Climate Agreement, despite the US pulling out, which will go some way in helping them re-establish their country.

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