22:43 17.07.2019

Public health warning for Hong Kong as Air Quality Health Index reaches ‘serious’ category, the highest pollution level in city

Pollution levels reached high alert in Hong Kong after the government warned of a serious risk to public health and advised members of the public to reduce or avoid physical exertion to a minimum. Levels of ozone and particulates are higher than normal. The health risk is very high for children, the elderly and people with existing heart or respiratory illnesses.
Source: South China Morning Post
22:45 16.07.2019

By cutting ozone pollution now, China could save 330,000 lives by 2050

Results have shown that if China takes strong measures now to reduce its ozone pollution, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives according to a new study led by Columbia University. The article states that Air pollution is a major issue in China and is a serious health risk. Research has shown that in 2015 pollution has caused 67,000 premature deaths however, a new study, published today in Environmental Research Letters, finds that the situation could become quite a bit worse in the future.
Source: Science Daily
22:39 16.07.2019

Young people who live in cities may have billions of toxic air pollution particles in their hearts

According to the World Health Organisation, 90% of the world’s population live with toxic air pollution. The issue has been declares as a ‘global health emergency’. China has been referenced alongside India, which have some of the world’s most polluted cities. China has long faced some of the worst air pollution in the world, blamed on its reliance of coal for energy and factory production, as well as a surplus of older, less efficient cars on its roads. Inadequate controls on industry and lax enforcement of standards have worsened the pollution problem.
Source: Desert News
18:27 16.07.2019

Why it’s harder to generate solar power in China

China is losing 14 terawatt-hours in lost solar energy production due to its air pollution, including carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Such pollution has been taking a toll on human and environmental health amid China’s rapid industrialisation.
Source: Planet Watch
18:26 15.07.2019

High levels of pollutants threaten heart heath in China

With a greater instance of coronary atherosclerosis amongst the population of China, this could and is likely down to the heavy air pollution across the country. It has been estimated that more than 95% of the Chinese population was exposed to higher-than-acceptable concentrations of PM2.5 nitrogen dioxide in 2015 and the implications of toxic air pollutants in China could be enormous.
Source: Cardiovascular Business
17:29 15.07.2019

China greenhouse gas emissions soar 50% during 2005-2014

China’s climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions hit 12.3 billion tonnes in 2014, up 53.5% in just a decade, the environment ministry said on Monday, citing the country’s latest carbon “inventory” submitted to the United Nations. China’s carbon emissions data is notoriously opaque, but as a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Beijing is obliged to submit an official inventory to the UN on a regular basis. It has previously released figures for 2005 and 2010.
Source: Euronews
20:28 12.07.2019

China-fuelled cruise boom sparks environment fears

The article states that China’s appetite for travelling on cruise ships has drastically increased, with the number of Chinese tourists tripling since 2014. This has sparked concern regarding the consequential damage to the environment, due to the rise in cruise ship liners to accommodate this increasing demand.
Source: Business Times