Beijing At The Crisis Point as They Declare First Ever Red Alert for Pollution


B00Mer
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Beijing At The Crisis Point as They Declare First Ever Red Alert for Pollution



China’s capital has issued a red alert for air pollution for the first time ever, with a heavy cloud of dangerous smog blanketing the city. The massive blanket of pollution that’s currently covering much of China can be seen from space by NASA satellites.

China’s capital has issued a red alert for air pollution for the first time ever, with a heavy cloud of dangerous smog blanketing the city. The massive blanket of pollution that’s currently covering much of China can be seen from space by NASA satellites.

The unprecedented red alert is the most serious warning level on a four-tier system that was introduced in 2013.

Until the red alert is lifted school lessons have been cancelled, outdoor construction has been shut down, and some industrial plants have also been closed. In addition, half of Beijing’s privately owned cars will be forced off the roads, with locals being permitted to drive on alternate days depending on whether they have odd or even numbers on their licence plates. Up to 30 percent of government vehicles will also be parked.

“People should to the best of their ability reduce outdoor activities,” cautioned Beijing’s Environmental Protection Bureau on social media. “If you are engaging in outdoor activities you should wear a mask or take other protective measures.”

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Last week’s dangerously high smog levels hit 20 times the designated “safe” limits set by the World Health Organization.

One resident said, “I’m already indifferent, it’s all a gas chamber anyway.”

source: Beijing At The Crisis Point as They Declare First Ever Red Alert for Pollution | UPRISER (external - login to view)



Seems like a huge problem in Canada..
 
Machjo
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But it might slow down economic growth! I say slap a gas mask on everyone's face and build build build! No slacking, people!

I can see it already: gas mask chique. Pink masks, blue masks, green masks, red masks, for formal or informal, along with semi-formal.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

But it might slow down economic growth! I say slap a gas mask on everyone's face and build build build! No slacking, people!

I can see it already: gas mask chique. Pink masks, blue masks, green masks, red masks, for formal or informal, along with semi-formal.

You're back! I think that our unmentionable posts got foo yonged, though.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

You're back! I think that our unmentionable posts got foo yonged, though.

Still in Xiangyang for another day before heading to Wuhan. I'm thinking of buying a nice green semi-formal gas mask to go with most of my clothes and a white one to go with the rest for the next time I come to China.
 
tay
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Beijing continues to suffer from pollution, but Delhi's air quality is one-and-a-half times worse


While Beijing residents continue to struggle through a period of unusually high air pollution (external - login to view), similarly high smog levels are a fact of life for many in different parts of the world where Beijing-style warning systems (external - login to view) aren't in force.

In the past week, during which Beijing's air pollution has been at its most severe, air quality has been one-and-a-half times worse in Delhi, India's capital, The Hindustan Times (external - login to view) reports.

These figures are based on the particulate matter, or PM 2.5 levels, in both cities. The '2.5' refers to the particles' diameter of 2.5 micrometres or less. These tiny particles are considered to be the most deadly, as they penetrate much further into the lungs than larger pollution particles - seriously increasing the prevalence of respiratory diseases and the risk of lung cancer (external - login to view).

In the last week, the air in Delhi has had an average PM 2.5 concentration of 230.9 micrograms per cubic metre. By contrast, the average in Beijing over the same period was 139.8 micrograms.

Both cities have seen unusually high pollution levels recently, resulting in schools and businesses being shut down in Beijing as local authorities try to protect residents.

The average annual PM 2.5 level in Beijing is around 56. That's still far higher than the World Health Organisation's (external - login to view) 'healthy' rating of 25, but much lower than Delhi's annual average of 153.

Of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world, six are in India, with three in Pakistan and one in Iran.

Beijing continues to suffer from pollution, but Delhi's air quality is one-and-a-half times worse | Environment | The Independent (external - login to view)
 
Machjo
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Never mind Beijing. Here I am eating soot in Wuhan!
 
taxslave
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So how come trudOwe hasn't sent them any of our money yet?
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

So how come trudOwe hasn't sent them any of our money yet?

What China needs is a hefty carbon tax.
 
taxslave
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Only if your goal is to completely destroy the economy.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Only if your goal is to completely destroy the economy.

The alternative is to eat soot. I don't get out of breath easily, but I have a few times in the last few days after only moderate exertion, not even enough to start to break a sweat, just walking with light luggage!

Come and visit for a week.

As for completely destroy g the economy, high rises are going up everywhere I look.

Slower growth might be a good thing here.
 
EagleSmack
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I just can't understand this. For the last two years at least the progs and alarmists have been telling the world that China leads the way in alternative energy and green technology.

The alarmists couldn't have been lying to us all.... could they?

Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

The alternative is to eat soot. I don't get out of breath easily, but I have a few times in the last few days after only moderate exertion, not even enough to start to break a sweat, just walking with light luggage!

Come and visit for a week.

As for completely destroy g the economy, high rises are going up everywhere I look.

Slower growth might be a good thing here.

Your posts have been well received. It is good to have a man on the ground in China from this forum to tell us how things really are.
 
Machjo
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Whe're heading for Hong Kong tomorrow and I can't wait. I have no idea what smoking a pack a day feels like, but if it feels anything like breathing the air I'm breathing now, it's sick. Here I am lying in bed at 2.08 am with an uncomfortable throat and feeling like my lungs aren't getting all the air I'd like them to, or at least not getting it as efficiently as I'd like them to.
 
MHz
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Time to go all electric.
 
Ludlow
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It's cyclical. Probably a temperature inversion or something like that. Happens now and then. No sense in letting the alarmists raise the red flag it ain't nuthin new don't let the libtards use it to make money and subsidize phony programs that will only break us good folk.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

Time to go all electric.

From what source? Coal?

Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

It's cyclical. Probably a temperature inversion or something like that. Happens now and then. No sense in letting the alarmists raise the red flag it ain't nuthin new don't let the libtards use it to make money and subsidize phony programs that will only break us good folk.

A temperature inversion? I feel like I'm living a post-apocalyptic nightmare and you attribute it to a temperature inversion!? I attribute it to burning too much fuel!
 
MHz
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I would think rooftop solar on the building that will utilize the power would be better than a central one and many transmission lines. and you plug in your car or bike. I'm quite sure a river's banks could be landscaped to allow 'water wheels' that keep the paddles in the water longer and that helps them produce lots of power in a small package. That design would rise and fall with the river level.

Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

I attribute it to burning too much fuel!

Wouldn't they have the same level of pollution the whole year if that was the only factor?

This is LA.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

I would think rooftop solar on the building that will utilize the power would be better than a central one and many transmission lines. and you plug in your car or bike. I'm quite sure a river's banks could be landscaped to allow 'water wheels' that keep the paddles in the water longer and that helps them produce lots of power in a small package. That design would rise and fall with the river level.


Wouldn't they have the same level of pollution the whole year if that was the only factor?

This is LA.

No they wouldn't because they consume more energy in the winter months.

The snag in that LA picture looks clean. You can see some distance through it.
 
Machjo
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Saturday, 12 December, 9.22 am, and now experiencing noise pollution from shops 7 floors down engaging in an advertising decibel competition with one another along with car horns galore in the chaotic rush hour traffic. All those decibels must burn lots of coal.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

Still in Xiangyang for another day before heading to Wuhan. I'm thinking of buying a nice green semi-formal gas mask to go with most of my clothes and a white one to go with the rest for the next time I come to China.

The air is too thick to pour and too thin to plow?
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

No they wouldn't because they consume more energy in the winter months.

The snag in that LA picture looks clean. You can see some distance through it.

Phoenix looks similar in the winter months
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

Still in Xiangyang for another day before heading to Wuhan. I'm thinking of buying a nice green semi-formal gas mask to go with most of my clothes and a white one to go with the rest for the next time I come to China.

How about a Tesla umbrella, the sparks it creates creates ozone that would break down into 02 rather quickly.
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

Saturday, 12 December, 9.22 am, and now experiencing noise pollution from shops 7 floors down engaging in an advertising decibel competition with one another along with car horns galore in the chaotic rush hour traffic. All those decibels must burn lots of coal.

Vibrant economy.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Vibrant economy.

Yeah. Heading to Hong Kong tomorrow. I'm as excited as a dog about to go out to enjoy the open air!

It's late afternoon and I just want to rest in bed and watch a film and chat. Just casually climbing five storeys of stairs at a slow pace with no luggage put me out of breath today.
 
tay
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Sat Dec 17, 2016

Beijing's city government ordered 1,200 factories near the Chinese capital, including a major oil refinery run by state oil giant Sinopec, to shut or cut output on Saturday after authorities issued the highest possible air pollution alert.

On Friday, China's environmental watchdog issued a five-day warning about choking smog spreading across the north and ordered factories to shut, recommended residents stay indoors and curbed traffic and construction work.

Red alerts are issued when the air quality index (AQI), a measure of pollutants in the air, is forecast to break 200 for more than four days in succession, surpass 300 for more than two days or overshoot 500 for at least 24 hours.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre showed an air quality reading of 297 by Saturday afternoon as haze started to envelop the capital, after an earlier reading of around 120. Levels in the 301-500 band are considered hazardous to health.

Traffic on the city's roads was lower than usual as residents complied with limits on car use and many of the city's 22 million residents sat out the haze at home.

More than 40 cities have issued warnings, with 22 on red alert, including top steelmaking city Tangshan in Hebei province around Beijing, and Jinan in coal-rich Shandong province.

"I'll just take a rest and not go outside," said Wang Jianan, a 23-year-old Beijing resident and teaching assistant.

With Christmas just a week away, others resorted to dark humour to help cope with the latest episode of toxic air.

One Beijing resident posted a cartoon on WeChat, China's mobile messaging platform, showing Santa Claus on his slay almost completely obscured by smog, saying: "I can't find China."

The city's municipal government said in a statement Sinopec's 10 million tonne-per-year Yanshan refinery, a Shougang Group steel product plant and a Cofco factory that makes instant noodles and crackers were among 500 companies it had ordered to limit output.

The statement also listed 700 companies that had been ordered to suspend operations altogether.

The national environmental watchdog was sending more than a dozen inspection teams to check that factories and heavy manufacturing plants were complying with the crackdown, it said.

The hazardous air underscores the challenge facing the world's second-largest economy as the government battles pollution caused by the coal-burning power industry and other heavy industry after decades of breakneck economic growth.

Smoggy Beijing, under alert, orders factories to shut or cut output | Reuters (external - login to view)


 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

I would think rooftop solar on the building that will utilize the power would be better than a central one and many transmission lines. and you plug in your car or bike. I'm quite sure a river's banks could be landscaped to allow 'water wheels' that keep the paddles in the water longer and that helps them produce lots of power in a small package. That design would rise and fall with the river level.


Wouldn't they have the same level of pollution the whole year if that was the only factor?

This is LA.

That's exactly what Phoenix looks like.
 
Danbones
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What?...they don't got a carbon tax to make the daisies bloom again?
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Sat Dec 17, 2016

Beijing's city government ordered 1,200 factories near the Chinese capital, including a major oil refinery run by state oil giant Sinopec, to shut or cut output on Saturday after authorities issued the highest possible air pollution alert.

On Friday, China's environmental watchdog issued a five-day warning about choking smog spreading across the north and ordered factories to shut, recommended residents stay indoors and curbed traffic and construction work.

Red alerts are issued when the air quality index (AQI), a measure of pollutants in the air, is forecast to break 200 for more than four days in succession, surpass 300 for more than two days or overshoot 500 for at least 24 hours.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre showed an air quality reading of 297 by Saturday afternoon as haze started to envelop the capital, after an earlier reading of around 120. Levels in the 301-500 band are considered hazardous to health.

Traffic on the city's roads was lower than usual as residents complied with limits on car use and many of the city's 22 million residents sat out the haze at home.

More than 40 cities have issued warnings, with 22 on red alert, including top steelmaking city Tangshan in Hebei province around Beijing, and Jinan in coal-rich Shandong province.

"I'll just take a rest and not go outside," said Wang Jianan, a 23-year-old Beijing resident and teaching assistant.

With Christmas just a week away, others resorted to dark humour to help cope with the latest episode of toxic air.

One Beijing resident posted a cartoon on WeChat, China's mobile messaging platform, showing Santa Claus on his slay almost completely obscured by smog, saying: "I can't find China."

The city's municipal government said in a statement Sinopec's 10 million tonne-per-year Yanshan refinery, a Shougang Group steel product plant and a Cofco factory that makes instant noodles and crackers were among 500 companies it had ordered to limit output.

The statement also listed 700 companies that had been ordered to suspend operations altogether.

The national environmental watchdog was sending more than a dozen inspection teams to check that factories and heavy manufacturing plants were complying with the crackdown, it said.

The hazardous air underscores the challenge facing the world's second-largest economy as the government battles pollution caused by the coal-burning power industry and other heavy industry after decades of breakneck economic growth.

Smoggy Beijing, under alert, orders factories to shut or cut output | Reuters (external - login to view)


Where is mentalflake? Why is he not fighting this?
 
tay
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The "airpocalypse" is affecting 460 million people, with an estimated 200 million people living in areas experiencing hazardous levels of smog — 10 times above guidelines set by the World Health Organization (external - login to view), according to Greenpeace (external - login to view) East Asia.

Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities are currently on red alert, the highest level in China's four-tier pollution warning system, according to China's Ministry of Environmental Protection. Hundreds of flights out of Beijing Capital International Airport were canceled, according to state media.

460 Million Chinese Residents Suffering From 'Airpocalypse' - ABC News (external - login to view)
 
Ludlow
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It's a scam . There's no pollution.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

The "airpocalypse" is affecting 460 million people, with an estimated 200 million people living in areas experiencing hazardous levels of smog — 10 times above guidelines set by the World Health Organization (external - login to view), according to Greenpeace (external - login to view) East Asia.

Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities are currently on red alert, the highest level in China's four-tier pollution warning system, according to China's Ministry of Environmental Protection. Hundreds of flights out of Beijing Capital International Airport were canceled, according to state media.

460 Million Chinese Residents Suffering From 'Airpocalypse' - ABC News (external - login to view)

But they're so advanced in green energy.
 

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