The smog in China is getting worse. It has now been reported that an eight-year-old girl has become the youngest person in China to contract lung cancer, and doctors say it's caused by the country's terrible air pollution.
The smog is so bad that surveillance cameras guarding sensitive areas can't even film through the thick haze. The central government now fears terrorists may choose a smoggy day to launch an attack.
The 8-year-old diagnosed with lung cancer has not been named, but sources say she lives near a busy road in the eastern province of Jiangsu.
A doctor at Jiangsu Cancer Hospital in Nanjing says the girl had been exposed to harmful particles and dust for an extended period of time.
Smoggy conditions have become the norm, and it has severely affected the mental and physical health of the Chinese people, according to experts.
The pollution has become a major source of public anger in China, and authorities are vowing to reduce the levels by as much as 25 percent by 2017.
Just last month, chocking smog forced Chinese authorities to shut down one of the country's largest cities. Schools were suspended, the airport was closed… it was the country's first major air pollution crisis of the winter.
Cold weather usually brings the worst air pollution to northern China. It is all due to the weather conditions and an increase in the burning of coal for homes and businesses.
China is the world's biggest coal consumer.
The government has now turned to scientists to come up with a solution, and they want that solution within four years.