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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:24 AM

Pollution "Worst on Record" in Beijing: Greenpeace

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Source: Reuters

Pollution "worst on record" in Beijing: Greenpeace

Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:25pm EST

BEIJING (Reuters) - Air quality in Beijing was the "worst on record" on Saturday and Sunday, according to environmentalists, as the city's pollution monitoring centre warned residents to stay indoors with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels.

The Chinese capital, home to around 20 million people, has been wrapped in thick smog since Friday, reducing visibility and disrupting traffic.

Data posted on Sunday by the monitoring centre (www.bjmemc.com.cn) showed particulate matter measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) had reached more than 600 micrograms per square meter at some monitoring stations in Beijing, and was as high as 900 on Saturday evening.

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"This is really the worst on record not only from the official data but also from the monitoring data from the U.S. embassy -- some areas in (neighboring) Hebei province are even worst than Beijing," said Zhou Rong, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90C01Q20130113

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:53 AM

1. Americans In The Consulate Keep Tabs On This Too



I was in Beijing airport in 2008 waiting for flight to Shenyang. The air pollution was so thick that flights were delayed in and out. But if any one is talking about climate change stuff, as I've said here before, China has to do something. There are reports that came out a few years ago claiming that the pollution from China is affecting forests in the NW and Canada. And it makes sense. They are burning coal all over the friggin northern part of China to operate heating plants. I just saw last week it was the coldest its been there in a long time. If you've never been to Liaoning Province around Shenyang or Fushun, this time of year you will freeze your bunns off. The temp gets down to -10 to -15. So to keep warm, they burn coal. And we breath it--eventually. So if someone decides to do something about global warming, China is about 90-percent of the problem.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:06 AM

2. Snap out of it China

Snap out of it USA.

Stop crapping all over the air, water and land.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:03 AM

4. The planet earth, a round, wet, industrial petri dish with expendable species and

 

unconcerned lab technicians.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:32 AM

3. China-Planet Enema #1-Raping the Planet 24/7/365

 

Rabid communist capitalism in action...but rabid capitalism just the same. The end result is looking to be the same as anywhere else that capitalism is the order of the day. And to top that off, they're spreading their planet raping practice to the African continent now. That's why the U.S. has moved so damn many troops into that area of the World. No matter....2016 will be here soon enough. If the CO2 ppm (parts per million) in the Earth's atmosphere is not brought down to at least 350 ppm by then, human extinction will begin at or around 2030. I've been to mainland China four times. The smog was bad in Guangzhou even back then --in the mid-1990s. The "sacrificial tiles" on the buildings were dissolving away due to the smog. There were coal yards at the end of town in Foshan. It took about an hour to drive through just 20 miles of that city. After that, I wanted to go back to where I was staying and drown myself in a shower. Filthy filthy filthy. The people there that I observed seemed to have that 1000 mile stare of acceptance of their filthy environment. After all, there's money to be made...and it was legal to do it. Something Mao would never have allowed...unless you were in the Communist Party. They put a coal plant online each week in that crap country. Nothing will change there for the good until it is too late. It probably already is. Imagine what the air quality is at this very moment there in Beijing...Use one of these there to sample the local CO2 ppm air quality:
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Over 8,500 people have died from the effects of air pollution in four Chinese cities in 2012, according to a joint study by Peking University and Greenpeace. Air pollution was also responsible for $1.08 billion in economic losses. The report, published December 18, studied the effects of PM2.5 air pollution in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xi'an, which represented major cities in China's north, east, south and western regions. It concludes that if these cities lower their PM2.5 pollution levels to meet World Health Organization Air Quality Guidelines, such deaths would be reduced by at least 81%, and economic losses could be reduced by $868 million. PM2.5 refers to particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. When inhaled, these particles can enter the bloodstream, leading to heart, brain and lung disease, including cancer. Studies show that most PM2.5 is created by the combustion of coal, and the majority of China's energy comes from coal. Greenpeace is calling for a (quote) "urgent policy adjustment" by Chinese authorities to cap regional coal consumption and retro-fit existing coal-fired power plants with nitrogen oxide scrubbers.

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Response to triplepoint (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:40 AM

5. And Republicans want us to be just like them - no enviromental standards.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:05 AM

6. I've lived in both China and Korea

In China I lived just outside Shanghai. Here in Korea we get the dust that blows over from the desert in China.

Hwangsa (or Asian Dust) occurs in the spring and fall (generally Feb-Apr and Sept/Oct). The sand picks up the pollutants from China and brings them across to Korea making it very dangerous. There have been reports recently placing hwangsa as far as the west coast of the US.

Any level below 100 is safe. Above 200 is unhealthy and 300 is hazardous.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Dust

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:55 AM

7. This is what the Tea Party wants for America - remember this

every time they want to eliminate the EPA

yup

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:33 PM

8. When we buy consumer goods made in China, we pay the Chinese to pollute the earth.

Building and operating a factory in the US costs a bit more because of our EPA standards. We don't allow that kind of pollution, and it is one of the reasons that our factories were moved overseas. The big corporations are as much at fault as anyone.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 03:00 PM

9. Humanity is a great experiment.

We, culturally speaking, think our place in the Material World is permanent.
It isn't and I fear we are failing the important test of being a steward of the Planet.
Done correctly, Humanity could truly create a Material World that would quite easily support all living creatures.

Personally, I observe that religious behavior and Capitalistic greed,
both needing expansion to fulfill their lust for power, are the main problems.

The air we need to survive and the water we need to survive are both in jeopardy. What could go wrong with this scenario?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:15 PM

10. Locking, sorry, this is a duplicate. Please continue discussion and post updates here:

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