21:51 18.01.2020

Handan escalated smog alert to red

A major steelmaking area in north China’s Hebei province, Handan, has increased its smog alert level from orange to red, the highest level warning in Beijing’s alerts system for dangerous air pollution. This has signalled a series of warnings across 72 Chinese cities, showing the widespread consequences and extended threat of heavy pollution.
Source: Shanghai Metals Market
22:13 16.01.2020

China’s 2019 winter pollution gains offset by worsening in other regions

Whilst there is no doubt improvements in smog-prone regions near Beijing and Shanghai with improved air quality towards the end of last year, pollution in other parts of the country worsened; this is due to dirty industries being relocated rather than shut down. “The rest of the country outside the Beijing and Shanghai priority regions made little to no progress amid continued increases in coal and oil consumption,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, CREA’s lead analyst.
Source: Reuters
18:43 13.01.2020

Study: Pollution kills 8.3M people annually

Analysis from the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution has found that ‘pollution kills three times as many people a year as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.’ The study also cites China as one of the top two countries wherein the most pollution deaths per year occur, with rapid industrialisation reportedly causing just under two million deaths annually.
Source: Delano
18:38 13.01.2020

Australia is no longer the lucky country

By participating so eagerly in the mining boom, Australia might also have been helping to dig its own grave. Fossil fuels are driving climate change; and, as the government now accepts, global warming is a major factor behind the fires, water shortages and record temperatures that are ravaging the country.
Source: FT
18:39 12.01.2020

Protecting Yangtze river! Citizens battle to save China's 'cancer villages'

China’s heavily polluted Yangtze river runs through the region of Shenqiu, exposing residents to a water supply contaminated with toxic chemicals, plastic and other waste products. Approximately 400 million people (one third of China’s total population) are forced to use the polluted river as their main water supply, with some provinces now labelled ‘cancer villages,’ as death rates from the disease are two to three times higher than the national average.
Source: The Economic Times
08:30 12.01.2020

China’s tech industry not green enough: Report

As the Chinese tech industry continues to grow with the implementation of 5G and cloud computing, a paper published by Greenpeace and North China Electric Power University has found that the sector’s investment in green energy is much less than that of their foreign competitors. Additionally, some companies have moved their headquarters to Guizhou, one of China’s poorest provinces, to take advantage of their cheaper electricity prices and cooler climate.
Source: ZD Net
08:34 10.01.2020

Citizens battle to save China’s sickly ‘mother river’

In Shenqiu, a region of China on the Yangtze river, locals are often faced with a difficult choice; drink dirty water and risk lifechanging illnesses or pay higher prices for water that is bottled, putting their lives at the risk of poverty. Due to the quick development within the country, this has resulted in most rivers ‘choked’ with toxic chemicals, plastic and rubbish. This is a serious threat to the 400m people (a third of China’s population) who use the river as their main water supply.
Source: MalayMail
08:36 08.01.2020

Jakarta bans plastic bags as pollution crisis grows

With Jakarta looking to implement a ban on single-use plastic bags this year following Thailand’s widespread ban last week, the focus on tackling plastic pollution in Asia is highly pertinent. In 2017, an Ocean Conservancy report revealed that China is the largest ocean polluter in the world, causing death of marine wildlife and birds which severely disrupts ecosystems, as well as facilitating permeation of plastic into the food chain which risks human consumption of the material.
Source: The Times