19:03 21.01.2019

China vows no leeway for underperformers in war on pollution

China will issue punishments for officials in the regions that fail to meet their pollution targets. Beijing refuses to accept economic struggles as a reason for failing to comply. This comes after the region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei’s concertation of particles rose to twice the recommended level. China is expected to increase ultra-low emissions standards and restrict coal usage further.
Source: Reuters
15:40 21.01.2019

Is pollution making you depressed? Sadness spikes when air quality drops, study finds

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied social media users in China where air pollution is rife. From this report, it was found that sadness was more common as the quality of air dropped. Another interesting insight is that woman are more sensitive to higher pollution levels than men, as were those who were on higher incomes.
Source: Daily Mail
15:59 18.01.2019

$1bn alliance launched to end plastic waste

New initiatives are being put in place to fight against plastic waste, which is contaminating the world’s oceans. The problem partially derives from countries with poor waste management systems and according to a study, approximately 90% of all plastic entering the marine environment comes from 10 rivers in both Africa and China, including major cities along the rivers such as the Yangtze in China.
Source: Resource Magazine
23:43 14.01.2019

Bacteria could be making China’s smog worse

Clumps of bacteria are growing in a toxic blanket of heavy smog in many Chinese cities. For background, the smog season begins in November when more coal is burned to produce power. It was realised by scientists that as the amount of bacteria increased, the amount of haze in the air is worse.
Source: Daily Mail
23:26 14.01.2019

Pollution warnings as cities in Northeast China shrouded in smog

The weather bureau has issued orange pollution alerts for Tianjin and seven provinces in the region as visibility is down to less than 50m in the worst affected areas. The central meteorological administration said visibility was less than 200m in some areas and this further emphasises the importance of China stepping up efforts to reduce air pollution.
Source: South China Morning Post
23:16 14.01.2019

Weather patterns worsen heavy smog across Asia

There is an unusual high level of smog which has been worsened by weather patterns which has caused alarm across Asia. As a result, authorities in Bangkok have been handing out face marks whilst stepping up enforcement of pollution controls.
Source: Daily Mail
22:00 14.01.2019

METALS- Base metals fall as China’s exports slump

China’s export hit a two year low in December 2018 and imports also reduced. However, imports of unwrought copper rose by 12.9% reaching the record high of 5.3 million tonnes. This increase in noted in the face of decreasing Chinese exports.
Source: CNBC
21:57 14.01.2019

Update 1-China's 2018 coal imports at four-year high despite curbs

China increases its coal imports to 281.5 million tonnes in 2018, this is an increase of 3.4% on 2017. This yearly increase occurred despite the government’s attempts to curb coal imports and even after coal imports fell in December by 47% to 10.23 million tonnes.
Source: Reuters