09:38 10.03.2020

China's rethink on car pollution could signal retreat on climate

According to the article, the Chinese government is thought to be debating whether to ease restrictions on the amount of harmful particles emitted by cars. This move would help car makers battle against the “unprecedented slump” following the Coronavirus pandemic, but would heavily impact the environment. Indeed, the article highlights how there have been signs that China might follow the same route it did following the 2008 financial crisis, by investing in polluting industries in order to help the economy.
Source: The Straits Times
09:46 09.03.2020

Air pollution ‘pandemic’ shortens lives by 3 years: study

Scientists have reported in the Journal of Cardiovascular Research that air pollution can dramatically shorten lives worldwide and causes 8.8 million premature deaths each year. On average, “lifespan is cut 4.1 years in China” due to damaging levels of air pollution, which lead author Jos Lelieveld of the Max Planck Institute in Mainz has labelled “a larger public health risk than tobacco smoking”.
Source: Business Recorder
09:48 07.03.2020

China's green goals overtaken by worries over virus-hit economy

Despite spewing “more carbon into the atmosphere than the US and European Union combined”, China is having to abandon its environmental ambitions due to challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak which are causing the economy to flag. Delaying the transition away from coal power and cutting the subsidies for green energy are two of the measures that have been pushed aside as the world’s biggest polluter battles “increasing economic headwinds”.
Source: MENAFM
09:50 04.03.2020

Worst is over for China as traffic, travel – and pollution – pick up

The article highlights how, as life is starting to slowly turn back to normal in China following the coronavirus outbreak, the level of pollution is also rising and returning to its original levels. According to satellite data, the amount of nitrogen dioxide polluting the country’s atmosphere has jumped 50% since the middle of February.
Source: The Telegraph
09:59 27.02.2020

‘World’s Leading Health Threat’: 90% Of 200 Most Polluted Cities In China & India

According to the new 2019 World Air Quality Report released by IQAir Group and Greenpeace, nearly 90% of the world’s 200 most polluted cities are located in China and India. The results were calculated based on data measuring the microscopic type of air pollution – PM2.5 pollution – particulate matter that is small enough to enter the bloodstream and has been associated with chronic respiratory issues, asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.
Source: Green Queen
09:57 27.02.2020

The world's most polluted cities: most are in India and China

Nine out of ten people are now breathing polluted air and, according to a new report, the cities that are struggling the most are located in India, with China coming a close second. Hotan (China), has air pollution of 110.1 micrograms per cubic meter, 11 times more than the 10 micrograms per cubic meter per year recommended by the World Organization of the Health (WHO) for citizens to breathe healthy air.
Source: ZME Science
10:04 25.02.2020

Of the 200 cities with worst air pollution, 90 per cent are in China and India

According to the 2019 World Air Quality Report, 90% of the 200 cities gripped by the world’s highest levels of deadly micro-pollution are located in China and India. Microscopic airborne pollution is small enough to enter the bloodstream via the respiratory system, which can lead to complications such as asthma, lung cancer and heart disease. Frank Hammes, CEO of IQAir has said that “air pollution is the world's leading environmental health threat".
Source: South China Morning Post
10:02 20.02.2020

The Coronavirus and carbon emissions

The coronavirus outbreak in China, which has sickened at least 77,000 people, has shut down factories, refineries and flights across the country as officials order people to stay home. As a result, China’s carbon dioxide emissions over the past three weeks have been about 25 percent lower than during the same period last year. China is such a huge industrial polluter that even a temporary dip like this is significant: The three-week decline is roughly equal to the amount of carbon dioxide that the state of New York puts out in a full year.
Source: New York Times
10:10 17.02.2020

China virus infections seem to be peaking; economic consequences still building

Despite the outbreak of coronavirus causing a reduction in economic activity and industry, pollution levels in China (particularly in Beijing) are spiking again. In fact, Beijing’s air quality was graded at “22 points above the threshold for very unhealthy pollution” on Thursday afternoon, demonstrating the harmful impact of the nation’s coal power pants.
Source: Interest
10:12 16.02.2020

China isn’t a good investment

Following an article published by the Washington Post, it has been revealed that “China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and its emissions are increasing faster than the United States and Europe can decrease theirs”. Despite this, it is well known that China continues to build coal-fired power plants, despite international efforts to reduce global emissions
Source: The Guam Daily Post