Beijing creates new environmental police force to crack down on smog

January 11, 2017 by  
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Notoriously smoggy Beijing has created a new police force specifically to crack down on air pollution. The environmental police squad is one of several new plans announced by Beijing’s acting major, Cai Qi to deal with the city’s massive pollution problem . Other measures on Cai’s list include: cutting coal use by 30 percent in 2017, shutting down 500 polluting factories, upgrading 2,500 facilities, phasing out 300,000 older vehicles and getting cleaner gas and diesel to stations as soon as Feb. 15. “Though we have made some progresses, air pollution in winter is still very serious,” Cai told media on Saturday. “That’s why the government must strengthen environmental protection and step up supervision and accountability in 2017. “Open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, biomass burning, dust from roads – these acts of non-compliance with regulations are actually the result of lax supervision and weak law enforcement.” While air pollution is a constant problem in China , it tends to get worse in the winter and often goes beyond WHO safety guidelines. It is so bad it causes school and business closures, flight cancellations, and driving bans. Just one day before making the announcement, the government announced city schools and kindergartens would be equipped with air purifiers. Related: Pollution in China prompts Beijing exodus Strict anti-pollution laws that came into effect in 2014 have taken somewhat of a bite out of the problem, but according to the Christian Science Monitor , an economic slowdown in 2016 dampened the enthusiasm a bit – as the Chinese government supported polluting industries to help drive economic growth. Via Christian Science Monitor Images via Yinan Chen and McKay Savage , Wikimedia Commons

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Artist Daan Roosegaarde Creates Jewelry Out of Beijing Smog

May 30, 2014 by  
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Last October  we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air . Now the designer is turning that vacuumed smog into rings of soot that you can wear right on your fingers. Each ring comes with either a fake diamond made from soot or a stone with a cube of soot in the center, which, besides being beautiful Roosegaarde hopes will help bring awareness to air pollution. Read the rest of Artist Daan Roosegaarde Creates Jewelry Out of Beijing Smog Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution solutions , air pollution vacuum , beijing air quality , Beijing air quality issues , Beijing pollution , Beijing smog , Beijing smog vacuum , Climate Change , climate change art , Daan Roosegaarde , Daan Roosegaarde art , Daan Roosegaarde Beijing pollution , Daan Roosegaarde beijing smog , Daan Roosegaarde pollution ring , Daan Roosegaarde smog project , Daan Roosegaarde smog ring , global warming , pollution vacuum , smog vacuum

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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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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

February 12, 2014 by  
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The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the  Beijing Municipal People’s Congress  passed a new law that for the first time will target reductions in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that pose the greatest health risk to the city’s more than 20 million residents. Read the rest of Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , Beijing , Beijing air pollution law , Beijing pollution , china , china pollution , emissions , fines , law , penalties , pm2.5 , polluters , regulating pollution , regulation , smog        

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HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

February 12, 2014 by  
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MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

November 28, 2013 by  
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UK Government Makes £90,000 Porsche Eligible for a Low-Carbon Grant

November 28, 2013 by  
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How would you feel if your tax dollars were going to fund a £5,000 discount on a Porsche for the wealthy? UK citizens will now be able to receive a break on their £89,900 Panamera S E-Hybrid thanks to decision by the Department for Transport . The subsidy, which was introduced in 2011 and designed to give incentives to purchase low-emission vehicles , now includes the luxury car alongside much more affordable models. Read the rest of UK Government Makes £90,000 Porsche Eligible for a Low-Carbon Grant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bmw i3 , carbon emissions , department for transport , hybrid vehicle , low carbon grant , luxury car , Nissan Leaf , plug-in vehicle , porsche panamera s e-hybrid , The Guardian , UK government        

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China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

July 26, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock China’s air quality problems have been well documented. Chinese cities have been besieged by thick smog — particularly in Beijing, where pollution levels spiked in January — putting the respiratory health of millions at risk. Now, it appears that the Chinese government is finally ready to take action. A new report published by the state-run China Daily newspaper says that the country will spend 1.7 trillion yuan  ($277 billion) over the next five years to combat air pollution. Read the rest of China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , Beijing , Beijing pollution , china , China air pollution , China air quality , chinese air pollution , Pollution , smog , Smog in Beijing        

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July 26, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock China’s air quality problems have been well documented. Chinese cities have been besieged by thick smog — particularly in Beijing, where pollution levels spiked in January — putting the respiratory health of millions at risk. Now, it appears that the Chinese government is finally ready to take action. A new report published by the state-run China Daily newspaper says that the country will spend 1.7 trillion yuan  ($277 billion) over the next five years to combat air pollution. Read the rest of China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , Beijing , Beijing pollution , china , China air pollution , China air quality , chinese air pollution , Pollution , smog , Smog in Beijing        

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

June 3, 2013 by  
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Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is finally doing something about the capital’s pollution problem. Officials recently announced that within the next 12 months, Beijing will impose a fuel pollution tax that will be added to standard gas prices in order to dissuade residents from driving as much. Read the rest of Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beijing pollution tax on fuel , beijing removing 180000 polluting cars , Beijing smog , china pollution , china smog , dangerous pollution levels , gas tax to mitigate air pollution , higher fuel economy standards in china , replacing coal-burning heaters with cleaner heaters in china , rising gas prices in beijing , u.s. embassy particulate matter scale , World Health Organization        

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