The diagnosis of an eight-year-old Chinese girl with lung cancer has highlighted the country’s suffocating pollution crisis.
China’s National Cancer Prevention Office says that by 2020 there will be 4 million new cases every year in the country.
The highest rate of infection being those aged between 20 and 40.
The ominous prediction has forced Beijing to introduce a number of measures to help reduce the impact of the smothering smog on health.
On days when the pollution is particularly bad factories could face closure, vehicle use reduced and schools closed.
Researchers say winter increases the use of fossil fuels to heat homes and offices, placing the blame on China’s “obsolete development model.”