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More monitoring to reveal true extent of pollution in China’s cities

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China Pollution Monitoring

Environmental experts say real-time air quality updates mandated to start in 74 mainland cities on New Year’s Day will leave local officials less room to manipulate data and hide the country’s worsening pollution problem.

They said hourly readings – already provided as a trial in a dozen cities, including Guangzhou, where they began on Friday – were a first step towards improving transparency and holding the government accountable for promises to clean up the air.

Data will not only be released more frequently but will cover three more pollutants than at present, including ozone and smog-causing fine particles, and set tougher standards for the existing three pollutants – sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and large particulate matter. Experts, however, warned that much more action would be necessary to reduce pollution.

The reporting changes were announced on Friday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, which said data collected from 496 monitoring sites would be available online and through smartphone apps.

Experts cautioned that the tougher standards would lead to a sudden decline in the air quality ratings of many cities, as it would be harder for officials to achieve a “blue-sky day”, when air is designated as good.

Zhao Hualin, the ministry’s director of pollution prevention, said recently that about 70 per cent of mainland cities would fail to meet the new standard for PM2.5 – microscopic airborne particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which can pose serious health risks because they can enter the bloodstream and lodge deep in the lungs.

The Nanjing Municipal Environmental Bureau said on its official Weibo account on Friday that the city would see only about 220 blue-sky days a year under the new system, as opposed to 314 days under current standards.

Greenpeace campaigner Zhou Rong said the existing air quality appraisal system requires only 12 hourly readings when calculating the daily average. The new system would require at least 20 hourly readings to get a more accurate average and prevent manipulation.

“The monitoring results at any given site could vary greatly at different hours within a day, so there was a loophole for modifying readings,” she said.

Zhu Jianping, the ministry’s deputy director of monitoring, told the Southern Weekly that some city governments had distorted readings to make their air quality appear worse so they could get pollution treatment funding from Beijing.

Source: SCMP “Monitoring to force China to come clean on air pollution”

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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