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Naomi Cohen-Shields’ senior thesis explores who benefits as China cleans its air

June 12th, 2020

Naomi Cohen-Shields of Princeton’s Class of 2020 analyzed the effectiveness of China’s efforts to reduce air pollution for her senior thesis research. She also investigated how air pollution differs across China’s provinces based on regional affluence — and if poor populations face more exposure. Cohen-Shields graduated June 2 with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and certificates in environmental studies and values and public life.

For her thesis, Cohen-Shields analyzed the effectiveness of China’s efforts since 2013 to reduce air pollution and the massive toll it takes on public health and the economy. She also wanted to get behind the national data to investigate how air pollution differs across China’s 22 provinces based on regional affluence — and if its poor and rural populations bear a larger share of the burden. She found that while China’s efforts to clean its air have made dramatic progress, the largest improvements have occurred in its wealthier northern regions where air pollution has historically been highest.

“The air quality is still generally poor across China, but it has improved markedly,” Cohen-Shields said. “We’ve seen a lot of success across the board, but there’s been more success in reducing pollution in major metropolises known for having high levels of pollution and obviously are also areas of concentrated wealth.”

 

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