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Public Perception Survey Study on Air Quality Issues in Wuhan, China

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DOI: 10.4236/jep.2017.810075    669 Downloads   1,795 Views Citations

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In 2013, a survey on air quality (AQ) was conducted in Wuhan, China. The aim was to investigate public awareness of air pollution, and its epidemiological effect. This survey targeted both suburban and central city regions of Wuhan city, between August and December of 2013, where it engaged 1225 participants. Approximately 65% perceived AQ in Wuhan to be “bad”. Over 95% recognized a causal association between air pollution and human health. About 65% were unaware of any action taken by the government to mitigate the air pollution situation. 84% indicated that the government should shut down highly polluting enterprises, while 95% expressed willingness to reduce private use of vehicles if required. The results demonstrate that the citizens of Wuhan are concerned about air pollution issues, and agree that improving AQ is the obligation of all citizens. Further, they called for concrete actions to improve AQ. The survey emphasized the need for better education and more activities to raise environmental awareness. The innovative aspects of this survey were the exploration of participants’ perceptions of AQ issues and the survey results may influence local government to impose stricter regulations, and to develop more effective programs involving citizens.

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Liu, H. , Kobernus, M. and Liu, H. (2017) Public Perception Survey Study on Air Quality Issues in Wuhan, China. Journal of Environmental Protection, 8, 1194-1218. doi: 10.4236/jep.2017.810075.

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