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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Your commute is nothing compared to this 50-lane gridlock in China

October 9, 2015 by  
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Video via Sploid You think your measly four-lane rush hour commute is bad? How about trying to navigate a bottleneck that spans 50 lanes and several miles. This week, seemingly every person in China – in reality, nearly 750 million people – were on the move for the week-long Chinese Golden Week celebration, resulting in a gridlocked highway-to-hell that extended for miles. Read the rest of Your commute is nothing compared to this 50-lane gridlock in China

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Magical firefly park recreates Chinese summers before pollution

October 9, 2015 by  
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INTERVIEW: Linda Greer and Clean by Design are creating a cleaner fashion future

April 16, 2015 by  
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Natural Resource Defense Council’s director Linda Greer is spearheading the way to a cleaner fashion future. Greer is leading fashion’s “toxic avengers” in a bid to clean up the toxic fashion industry in China through the Clean by Design initiative. Ecouterre recently caught up with Greer to discuss how she aims to reduce water usage and the heavy pollution that accompanies fast fashion for a greener industry. Click below to read more. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: China fashion industry , china pollution , Clean by Design , ecouterre , fast fashion , inhabitat interview , linda greer , Linda Greer NRDC , nrdc , toxic China fashion industry , toxic fashion

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Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

April 16, 2015 by  
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Gavin Munro doesn’t just grow trees, he grows furniture . Making one piece of furniture can take decades using traditional methods, if you consider the time it takes to grow the tree. What if you could incorporate the growing of the tree into the process? By growing the tree into the shape you want, you avoid the energy-wasting consumption of fuel for chainsaws and other logging equipment, not to mention all of the tools you don’t need to produce the furniture . This is just what furniture designer Gavin Munro has in mind. Read the rest of Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , art furniture , chair design , crop grown furniture , full circle furniture , furniture design , furniture grown in field , furniture grown like crops , gavin munro , green furniture building , grown chairs , grown furniture , grown tables , table design , tree chairs , tree lamps , tree tables

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MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

April 16, 2015 by  
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China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements

February 18, 2015 by  
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China has a long road to travel before its environment can even start to improve. That’s according to a recent announcement by the Chinese government that says the country needs to cut its emissions by as much as half before any serious improvements can be made to its environment. Reuters reports that China’s deputy minister of environmental protection Zhai Qing told a briefing over the weekend that pollutants have been cut only “a few percentage points” since 2006, and much more is needed before any progress can be made. Read the rest of China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: China air pollution , china cutting pollution , china environmental problems , china eutrophication , china pollution , china water algae , china water pollution , chinese air quality , pollution in China

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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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Beijing Principal Sparks Controversy by Suspending Classes Amid Air Pollution Attack in China

March 2, 2014 by  
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Beijing is notorious worldwide for its air pollution, but a concerned middle school principal’s decision to suspend classes amid last week’s smog attack has sparked controversy throughout China. The suspension goes against the instruction of the municipal government, which advises schools to continue classes until the alert is upgraded to a severe “red” level. The temporary closure of classes marks the first time a school has been shut down due to heavy pollution in Beijing. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air pollution controversy , Beijing , beijing middle school , beijing red alert pollution , beijng air pollution , china , china pollution , smog        

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China to Unveil Massive Electric Vehicle Charging Network

February 18, 2014 by  
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The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging network to the largest in the world. Over the next six years, the company hopes to supply enough wall-mounted chargers to make the new DENZA electric car a practical, sustainable alternative to traditional vehicles in the world’s most populous country. Read the rest of China to Unveil Massive Electric Vehicle Charging Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ABB , china , china pollution , chinese electric cars , electric car charging network , electric vehicle chargers , electric vehicle fast chargers , electric vehicles        

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