popular word – 2.5颗粒

popular word - 2.5颗粒
         Zhong Nanshan, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, is the representative at the National People’s Congress (NPC). Upon arriving in Beijing for the meeting, he did an interview with CCTV reporter Xiadan. Below is part of the interview talking about the Chinese name of PM2.5 and the relationship between health and the GDP.

Reporter: What in your opinion is the better name for PM2.5?
Zhong Nanshan: It’s really hard to name it. As 2.5 refers to particulate matter and there are too many particulate matters, it’s hard to understand. Besides, I consider that people will understand what particulate matter 2.5 refers to telling from its name, that’s less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter.

Reporter: How do you think we can balance the relationship between GDP and health?
Zhong Nanshan: We can’t ignore the background when we talk about this question. Environment has become the bottleneck of the national development in our country. My view is that we should first solve the problem of bottleneck. In the coming few years we should put the air-pollution in first place.

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