China is winning the war on air pollution

March 14, 2018 by  
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China is notorious for having some of the worst air pollution on the planet. In 2014 the country declared war on smog, and the results are in: China is killing it. In just four years, pollution is down 32 percent on average. Now, it’s fair to say that the country is leading the way in proving to the world that meaningful change is possible. Getting to this point wasn’t easy. The Chinese government has been very aggressive in controlling pollution by prohibiting new coal plants and forcing existing ones to reduce emissions, closing some steel and coal mines, and reducing automobile traffic. It has also invested heavily in renewable energy. And it’s working; Beijing has seen air pollution fall by 35 percent and Shijiazhuang has realized a drop of 39 percent. China’s most polluted city of Baoding had a reduction of 38 percent. Related: China calls America selfish amid Trump attempt to revive coal Almost every region in China has beat its targets, and the results go beyond allowing people to breathe easier – experts believe that Chinese citizens could live 2.4 years longer on average if these declines persist. Via Popular Mechanics and The New York Times Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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40% of China’s factories shuttered in pollution crackdown

October 24, 2017 by  
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Is China at last cracking down on factory pollution ? The country’s Ministry of Environment inspectors have charged, fined, or reprimanded officials from over 80,000 factories in 10 provinces in the last year, according to NPR. One estimate indicates around 40 percent of the country’s factories have been at least briefly shuttered. Whole industrial regions have been temporarily closed in China, while inspectors conduct surprise inspections. They’ve cut gas and electricity to discover which businesses are adhering to the country’s environmental laws, and which aren’t. Some companies have moved their entire supply chains over to Bangladesh or India to keep up with orders. Related: Beijing creates new environmental police force to crack down on smog Michael Crotty told NPR in his almost 20 years in China, he has never seen a crackdown like this. He’s the president of MKT & Associates, which exports textiles from the country. He said the crackdown reminds him of America post-Clean Water Act in the 1970’s. He told NPR, “At that time, we in the textile business saw many dyeing and printing houses shut down because they couldn’t comply with the regulations. We’re seeing a similar process taking place here in China, and it’s much, much bigger. The disruption is larger.” MKT & Associates general manager Archie Liu estimated 40 percent of factories have been at least briefly closed in the flurry of inspections. Shanghai-based environmental lawyer Peter Corne told NPR emissions are now watched in real time, and fees are slapped on factories when they discharge more than allowed by law. He said implementation will be different – accomplished not by the environment ministry, which will only be monitoring, but the tax bureau. This is key because according to Corne, the country’s tax bureaus are supported by rigorous laws that tend to be aggressively enforced. Crotty said Americans shopping during the holidays could see higher prices due to the pollution crackdown in China – but that’s a small price to pay for a cleaner environment . Via NPR Images via Depositphotos

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China is burning 17 percent more coal each year than previously reported

November 5, 2015 by  
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China is supposed to be making major cutbacks on fossil fuels in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, but a new government report indicates that previous figures haven’t exactly been accurate. That is to say, China has been burning a lot more coal than it previously admitted, leaving environmentalists skeptical about how serious the Chinese government is about controlling its contributions to climate change. As the weeks pass leading up to the United Nations climate change conference in Paris next month, other world leaders are likely to be critical of China’s reporting gaff. Read the rest of China is burning 17 percent more coal each year than previously reported

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China’s smog kills 4,000 people every day

August 17, 2015 by  
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We all know that pollution in China is bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad. A new study has found air pollution is killing about 4,000 people per day in China. Using newly available data, physicists at Berkeley Earth , a non-profit climate research organization, calculated that about 17 percent of all deaths in China are from heart and lung disease and other problems caused by the incredibly polluted air. Pollution is not just limited to major cities, either. The study found 38 percent of Chinese people live with daily pollution that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates “unhealthy”. The study found China’s deadly air kills more than 1.4 million people per year; in the U.S., worst-case estimates show that about 200,000 people are killed by air pollution per year. The team also found 99.9 percent of the eastern half of China breathes a higher concentration of small particulate matter than people in the city of Madera, California, where the highest annual average small particulate haze in the U.S. is found. In other words, almost everyone in China is breathing more damaging air than the worst air in the U.S. Related: London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year The Berkley team analyzed data from a four-month period from April 5, 2014 to August 5, 2014 to create computer model calculations that estimate heart, lung and stroke deaths from different types of pollutants. Electric power plants, industrial facilities, automobiles, biomass burning, and fossil fuels used for heating are all on the list of contributing factors to China’s air pollution. The tiny particulates that escape from these sources can enter the lungs and bloodstream and cause a range of problems, from asthma to heart disease. Via Phys.org Lead image via  Erik Charlton , factory image via  Leo Fung , Shanghai image via  Peter Dowley

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Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it is off the charts

January 20, 2015 by  
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Despite taking steps to limit carbon output , Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday it was literally off the charts. Fine air particulates reached beyond the limits of the index, which tops out at a hazardous 500 ppm. Anything above 150 is considered bad. Read the rest of Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it is off the charts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air conditions , Beijing air pollution , Beijing smog , carbon pollution Beijing , carbon pollution China , China air pollution , China fracking , china renewable energy , china smog , hazardous air conditions , smog , world air pollution

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China is Banning Coal in Beijing But Critics Worry it Could Make Pollution Worse

August 7, 2014 by  
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When it comes to China’s pollution problem , it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back after China recently announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing in a move that environmentalists are calling potentially devastating. Coal has helped contribute to Beijing’s crippling smog problem, so the Chinese government stated that it would ban its use by 2020, but critics worry that the alternative could actually increase smog in city. Read the rest of China is Banning Coal in Beijing But Critics Worry it Could Make Pollution Worse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , Beijing air pollution , beijing air quality , Beijing coal ban , Beijing pollution , Beijing smog , China air pollution , China air quality , China coal ban , china pollution , china smog , coal ban , improving air quality

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Project Blue Skyscraper Turns China’s Dreadful Air Pollution into Green Energy

March 25, 2014 by  
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While China’s booming economy has been a spectacle to watch, its corresponding pollution levels have been staggering as well. A side effect of being “the factory of the world” is that the cities in China have been clouded over with toxic particulate matter that is suspended in the atmosphere. Students Yang Siqi, Zhan Beidi, Zhao Renbo and Zhang Tianshuo have come up with an idea to address this problem – a skyscraper that would actually transform air pollution into green energy. This sci-fi building proposal called Project Blue just won an honorable mention in eVolo’s 2014 Skyskcraper Competition . Read the rest of Project Blue Skyscraper Turns China’s Dreadful Air Pollution into Green Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air pollution into green energy , china , china air pollution solution , eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition , liquid methane , upside down cooling tower , yang siqi , zhan beidi , zhang tianshuo , zhao renbo        

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China to Combat Air Pollution with New Smog-Busting Air Drones

March 7, 2014 by  
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China’s air pollution problems are well documented and numerous, so the government has announced plans to tackle the problem with a unique solution. Not by cutting emissions (because that would be too obvious), but by utilizing drones to break up the stifling smog with chemicals. Read the rest of China to Combat Air Pollution with New Smog-Busting Air Drones Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , aviation china , Beijing pollution , China air pollution , chinese air pollution , para drone , para foil , Pollution , pollution chemicals , Shanghai pollution , smog , space        

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

April 1, 2013 by  
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As an extension of China’s $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today  China National Space Administration (CNSA) head Sun Laiyan  announced an ambitious plan to export the nation’s emissions to Mars. China is currently the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases – its annual emissions total 8.9 billion tons . The unprecedented plan would greatly reduce emissions on Earth while warming the climate on Mars, causing the planet’s polar ice caps to melt and eventually creating an atmosphere capable of sustaining life.  Read the rest of China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Beijing air pollution , carbon emissions , china , China air pollution , geoengineering , ghg emissions , green design , greenhouse gas , mars , sustainable design , terraforming

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China Responsible for Almost Half of All Global Coal Consumption, Reports EIA

January 30, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock As over 30 million residents of Beijing experience record breaking levels of hazardous smog , the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s latest figures find that China currently accounts for almost half of all the global coal consumption ; totaling 325 million tons in 2011 alone.. The EIA ‘s report explains that coal consumption in China grew more than 9 percent in 2011, accounting for 87 percent of the global increase in coal use that year. Read the rest of China Responsible for Almost Half of All Global Coal Consumption, Reports EIA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air pollution , China air pollution , China air quality , China carbon footprint , china coal , China fossil fuels , coal energy , coal pollution , environmental destruction , global coal consumption , greenhouse emissions , greenhouse gas emissions coal , U.S. Energy Information Agency

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