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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 19:26

Beijing air pollution soars to hazard level

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The air smells of coal dust and car fumes

Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing has reached levels judged as hazardous to human health.

Readings from both official and unofficial monitoring stations suggested that Saturday's pollution has soared past danger levels outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The air tastes of coal dust and car fumes, two of the main sources of pollution, says a BBC correspondent.

Economic growth has left air quality in many cities notoriously poor.

A heavy smog has smothered Beijing for many days, says the BBC's Damian Grammaticas, in the capital.

By Saturday afternoon it was so thick you could see just a few hundred metres in the city centre, our correspondent says, with tower blocks vanishing into the greyness.

Hazy view

Even indoors the air looked hazy, he says.

WHO guidelines say average concentrations of the tiniest pollution particles - called PM2.5 - should be no more than 25 microgrammes per cubic metre.


Air is unhealthy above 100 microgrammes. At 300, all children and elderly people should remain indoors.

Official Beijing city readings on Saturday suggested pollution levels over 400. Unofficial reading from a monitor at the US embassy recorded 800.

Once inhaled, the tiny particles can cause respiratory infections, as well as increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease.

Last year Chinese authorities warned the US embassy not to publish its data. But the embassy said the measurements were for the benefit of embassy personnel and were not citywide.

Source: BBC News


#2 DrakeN2k

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 19:35

But don't worry this is a tiny problem but more cars and factory gives us higher GDP which means the country is getting better, richer and more prosperous, and the higher the growth rate the better the country becomes.

MORE GROWTH FOR A BETTER WORLD !

#3 Elliot B.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 19:52

This won't be an easy problem to fix :/

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 19:54

But don't this is a tiny problem but this gives us higher GDP which means the country is a better place, and the higher the growth the better the country becomes.

MORE GROWTH FOR A BETTER WORLD !


/facepalm

#5 DrakeN2k

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 20:01

This won't be an easy problem to fix :/


The entire GDP and other economic indercaters do not even factor in environmental damage, More GDP = more energy being used , more cars on the road , more TVs, phones and food being bought and consumed. How is this a sustainable path to prosperity yet economists still use this figure and other figures like GDP as indcaters for human progress.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 20:12

Well it's a dilemma. If China is going to tighten environmental laws, then all those American Corps. will cry not enough profit and switch their factory to somewhere else with lesser strict laws.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 21:19

Those nine million bicycles in Beijing were not nearly enough then...

#8 DrakeN2k

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 21:50

they should rename that bit in the song to nine million cars in Beijing...

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 22:03

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