Advertisements
//
archives

air pollution

This tag is associated with 22 posts

China’s heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world


The average surface temperature in China has increased by 0.23°C (0.4°F) each decade of the last 65 years, said a Chinese government official—twice the average pace of warming everywhere else on the planet. This isn’t the first time the Chinese government has quantified the effects of global warming on its environment. However, today’s remarks are a … Continue reading

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog


China‘s overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction … Continue reading

China: Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive


China‘s capital city, Beijing, will enforce the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal from August 1st in a bid to tackle the soaring levels of air pollution that frequently clog the country’s major cities, the official Xinhua media agency said on Saturday. Beijing will implement strict controls and targets for airborne sulphur from coal, Xinhua said, … Continue reading

Opportunity glimmers through China’s toxic smog


As China’s smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year. China’s government is struggling to meet pollution reduction targets and has pledged to spend over 3 trillion yuan ($494 … Continue reading

China says world’s worst pollution has benefits


Commentaries by two of China’s most influential news outlets suggesting that an ongoing air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party’s … Continue reading

China: Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai


Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub … Continue reading

China’s anti-pollution drive risks running out of gas


A chronic shortage of natural gas is hurting China’s plan to move away from burning coal to heat homes and offices, raising the prospect of more choking air pollution this winter and beyond. The problem is worst in northern China, where air pollution mainly caused by decades of reliance on coal has lowered life expectancy … Continue reading

China: Thick smog blocked road, train, air traffic for two days


Thick smog in Harbin urban areas has caused the closing of primary and secondary schools and expressways. The PM2.5 index has exceeded the maximum range of the metre. After the serious smog on October 20, and the early morning on October 21, air pollution was even worse. The visibility in urban areas was less than … Continue reading

China to cut coal use and shut polluters in bid to clear the air


China unveiled comprehensive new measures to tackle air pollution on Thursday, with plans to slash coal consumption and close polluting mills, factories and smelters, but experts said implementing the bold targets would be a major challenge. China has been under heavy pressure to address the causes of air pollution after thick, hazardous smog engulfed much … Continue reading

Australia helps China build emissions trading scheme


Australia has been drafted in to help design an emissions trading scheme for China, the world’s biggest polluter. A deal announced in Canberra on Thursday will see the Australian National University take leadership of a program that will analyse pollution data provided by China and allow Chinese university researchers to examine Australia’s experience of the … Continue reading

China’s pollution reduces life span by 5.5 years


Air pollution causes people in northern China to live an average of 5.5 years shorter than their southern counterparts, according to a study released on Monday which claims to show in unprecedented detail the link between air pollution and life expectancy. High levels of air pollution in northern China – much of it caused by … Continue reading

China’s smog levels get the cartoon treatment


It’s no secret that air pollution is a major problem in China. In fact, in recent years, the problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental watchdog in the US, has had to revise its Air Quality Index system. Originally, the AQI had a top rating of 500, which indicates 500 … Continue reading

Will China ever get its pollution problem under control?


When Beijing was choking on record levels of smog, observers wondered whether China would ever get its pollution problem under control. It’s an insanely difficult question, with huge implications from climate change to the global economy. Here’s one stab at an answer, in the form of a recent analysis from Deutsche Bank economists. The bad news: Most of China’s … Continue reading

Canned air on the market in China


Chinese entrepreneur Chen Guangbi may not make too much of the invention of his latest product, but it certainly ranks amongst the most creative food products in history. Chen Guangbi, a Chinese billionaire, philanthropist, and the Chinese version (not a copy) of Richard Branson, the eccentric who is always conscious to be in the media. … Continue reading

China blames Japan for China’s pollution


Japan and China have in recent weeks engaged in an unnerving game of aerial cat and mouse, scrambling fighter jets against each over contested airspace, and Japan accusing China of locking weapon-guiding radar against a Japanese helicopter—a claim China denies. Now comes a new spat, with Japanese officials and media suggesting China’s latest air-pollution crisis … Continue reading

China’s oil giants take a choke-hold on power in politics of pollution


The search for culprits behind the rancid haze enveloping China‘s capital has turned a spotlight on the country’s two largest oil companies and their resistance to tougher fuel standards. Bureaucratic fighting between the environment ministry on the one hand and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Sinopec Group on the other has thwarted stricter emission … Continue reading

China plans emergency measures to control Beijing air pollution


Beijing is to unveil unprecedented new rules governing how China‘s capital reacts to hazardous air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, as deteriorating air quality threatens to become a rallying point for wider political dissatisfaction. The rules will formalize previous ad-hoc measures, including shutting down factories, cutting back on burning coal and taking certain … Continue reading

Northern China on health alert as smog worsens


The capital saw some of its worst air pollution in a decade. With fog making things worse, roads were closed and flights hit elsewhere. Photo: Xinhua Pollution levels off the scale in Beijing, and with no wind, conditions could get even worse People across much of northern China were warned to stay indoors yesterday to … Continue reading

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


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 … Continue reading

China: PM2.5 air pollutants causing more deaths than estimated, study says


The health risks of microscopic air pollutants have been grossly underestimated on the mainland, with nearly 8,600 premature deaths expected this year in four major cities, a study has revealed. And premature deaths are “just a tiny fraction” of the adverse health impacts of tiny airborne particles, less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as … Continue reading

Most Chinese cities are not coming clean on smog says survey


Despite some recent progress in Beijing and other big cities, most mainland cities have still not made a sincere effort to improve transparency about their air pollution problems, according to a study. The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs’ survey of 113 cities found 78, including many provincial capitals and major industrial hubs, had yet … Continue reading

China tells US to stop reporting pollution


A senior Chinese official demanded on Tuesday that foreign embassies stop issuing air pollution readings, saying it was against the law and diplomatic conventions, in pointed criticism of a closely watched US embassy index. The level of air pollution in China’s heaving capital varies, depending on the wind, but a cocktail of smokestack emissions, vehicle … Continue reading

Advertisements

China News Stories

China News Stories is not affiliated in any way with any publication in China or anywhere else.

Enter your email address to receive an email each time an article is published, or join our RSS feed. 100% FREE.

Follow us on Twitter

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

Want to write for China News Stories?

Read “Contributor Guidelines” above to join our team of 76 contributors. Write news or opinion about issues in China, or post photos and video. Promote your own site.

Recent Posts

China News Stories Have Been Featured In:

Advertisements