英文翻译摘要:西安华商报 --“不能让城市人都变成肺癌患者”

Last Sunday, November 27th, Xi’an’s Huashang Bao ran a strongly
worded commentary on the danger of air pollution to health, referring
to a recent statement at the November 25th, Nanjing- “2011 China
International Environmental protection Industry Expo”
2011中国(南京)国际环保产业博览会 that air pollution had become the number one cause of lung cancer deaths.
据悉,广州气象专家吴兑经过多年研究发现,灰霾与肺癌有着“七年之痒”,即出现灰霾严重的年份后,相隔七年就会出现肺癌高发期。而治理灰霾我国则需要30年。(11月26日《扬子晚报》)如果专家研究结论靠谱的话,意
味着我们的很多城市人,尤其是被灰霾严重笼罩的大城市人,都有可能变成肺癌患者。

Several Chinese papers, including the Huashang Bao, ran articles on
air pollution and health.   著名院士钟南山曾表示:因吸入污染物过多,
“50岁以上的广州人肺都是黑的。”25日,在南京“蓝天工程”国际论坛上,气象专家表示,灰霾将取代吸烟,成为肺癌致病头号杀手。而备受关注的PM2.5颗粒正是导致“灰霾”天气的元凶。  http://hsb.hsw.cn/2011-11/27/content_8209844.htm

I translated the last paragraph.  You can find the full text of the
commentary, by free lance writer  Feng Haining entitled “We Can’t Let
All the City People Get Lung Cancer”  at 不能让城市人都变成肺癌患者  at
http://hsb.hsw.cn/2011-11/27/content_8209804.htm

其次,城市污染到底有多严重,需要尽快摸清并公布。也就是说,还原空气质量真相。目前,衡量空气质量最重要的指标是PM2.5标准,但据说2016年我国才会有这个标准,显然太晚了。环保部官员承认,如果增加PM2.5监测指数,全国70%的城市不达标。但这只是估计的结果,而公众需要真实的监测数据。再者,治理灰霾不能拖。即不能等到2016年有了PM2.5标准之后才来治理,而是从现在起就要下手治理。把灰霾天气数量和相关监测数据与官员政绩挂钩,甚至实行“一票否决”制,才有希望减少灰霾危害。从相关报道来看,灰霾不仅是肺癌致病头号杀手,还会影响人的情绪以及引发神经系统、心血管系统疾病等。

Translation:

Secondly, we need to immediately determine and release information on
just how bad city air pollution really is. That is, we have to start
talking turkey on air pollution.  Currently the most important index
for judging air quality is the PM 2.5 standard but according to
reports China will not adopt that standard until 2016.  That is
clearly too late.   Officials at the Ministry of Environmental
Protection admit that if China were to add the PM 2.5 index  [to the
particulate levels it currently monitors] that 70% of Chinese cities
would not meet the air quality standard.  But that is only a guess;
what the people need are real air quality monitoring data.

Moreover, solving the smog problem can’t wait.  We can’t even delay
remediation until after 2016.  We need to start remediation now.
Smoggy weather data and related data need to become part of the
“political accomplishments” by which officials are judged.  We should
even create a veto system [Note: in which failure to reach a certain
goal is a bar to promotion not matter what other goals have been
achieved.]  Only in this way is there hope of reducing the harm that
smog does.  From relevant information we can see that smog is not only
the leading cause of lung cancer, it also effects people’s moods and
leads to disorders of the nervous system, circulatory system and other
illnesses.

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