Environmental Racism? Uyghur City in China Boasts World's Most Polluted Air

Environmental Racism? Uyghur City in China Boasts World's Most Polluted Air


China’s northwestern city of Hotan recorded “the worst average air quality” in the world in 2020, India’s Business Standard newspaper reported Tuesday citing data from the air quality tracker IQAir.

Hotan is located in a western Chinese region notorious for an extensive concentration camp system. Multiple world governments, including the administration of President Joe Biden, have deemed China’s actions against the ethnic minority Uyghur people there a genocide.

The IQAir tracker, which measures harmful fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the atmosphere, ranked Hotan as number one on its index of most polluted cities in 2020. Hotan posted an average PM2.5 rating of 110.2 for 2020.

“Particulate matter contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can be inhaled and

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