17:17 22.07.2019

Ghosts of the Thar desert: on the climate change frontline in Pakistan

Alexander More, a climate historian at Harvard University, says Pakistan exemplifies how climate change can drive existing weather patterns to new extremes. “When we think of climate change, we usually think of global warming. But the reality is that, while temperatures are going upwards, with it also comes a pattern of increasing climate extremes. Southern Pakistan is an example of a place that is experiencing increasing droughts.” For years, Pakistan’s population and manufacturing industries have suffered blackouts. CPEC offers a means to resolve the country’s energy crisis and, like all developed countries have done in the past, it helps both Pakistan and China pursue their fossil-fuelled industrial growth.
Source: FT
17:15 22.07.2019

An opportunity for Britain’s new prime minister

Britain, jointly with Italy, is likely to host the UN’s important climate change meeting next year — COP26, the successor to the Paris conference. Theresa May’s successor in Downing Street should seize that chance and begin now to shape the outcome. He will be helped by the fact that the right policy matches the popular will: people want secure supplies of energy that does them no harm, at a cost they can afford. It is the lower income countries — led by China and India — whose emissions, mainly from coal, pose the greatest challenge. To trade off climate change against human development is both immoral and unrealistic. So we need to identify and deploy low carbon energy that can compete on cost with every other source of supply.
Source: FT
17:13 22.07.2019

China steel mill boss detained for pollution offences: state media

According to this article, the boss of a steel mill in China, more specifically in the city of Tangshan in Hebei province, has been detained over the plant violating anti-pollution restrictions. The steel plant had failed to carry out mandatory production cuts which were imposed by the local government.
Source: Reuters
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