South Korea has created fake rain to tackle air pollution as many South Koreans blame China when pollution surged for three days earlier this month. The point of the exercise was for the rain to douse airborne particles and pollutants known as ‘fine dust’ in South Korea. A full reported is expected to be released later next month.
Tangshan, one of China’s largest steel producing cities issues a second “orange” smog alert as wave of pollution is expected to flood the region. As a result, the steel mills will have to reduce their production by between 30-60% and diesel trucks will also be reduced in the region, among over restrictions.
As part of tackling pollution, the Chinese government announced that it will be curtailing illegal lead recycling and encouraging the collection of lead acid batteries to be recycled. In a hope to increase the rate of this recycling to 70% by 2025. In 2017 China was estimated to produce 3.3 million tons of lead battery waste every year.
South Korea is blaming China for much of its air pollution and aims to set up an early warning system with China. China have acknowledged that pollution is a regional problem but stated that South Korea also needs to do more to tackle its own pollution.
Tangshan issued an “orange” air pollution alert after a blanket of smog was expected to cover the region. Steel mills have will to reduce production by between 30% and 60% and other industrial plants will have to restrict output as well. The alert lasted between 22nd and 25th January.
Air pollution is a major driver of depression in China, according to a study published Monday that matched social network chatter with fine-particle pollution levels. Dirty air is not the only issue in urban China, which is also plagued by soaring housing prices, worries over food safety, and poor public services.
Researchers find high levels of pollution lower people’s happiness following a study to tes how urban air pollution affects day to day mood. The link was strongest in the very cleanest and dirtiest cities examined and now more than half of China’s population live in urban areas.
In new study conducted in China finds that high levels of air pollution are directly associated with low levels of happiness. Air pollution already causes 1.1 million premature deaths in China and this study shows it is impacting mental as well as physical health. The study tested the mood of 144 Chinese cities by analysing 210 million tweets.
Study conducted using tweets from one of China’s largest social media platform analysed the impact of pollution on happiness. After examining 210 million tweets, researchers at MIT and the University of Beijing found that increased pollution decreases happiness. They found with every unitary increase pollution beyond the recommended level it decreases happiness by 0.04 points out of 100.