22:02 11.01.2019

Chinese cities issue 'orange' smog alert - state radio

Chinese cities Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi issued a second tier or ‘orange’ level pollution alert in response to the high levels of smog expected in the region. Steel mills, coke plants and aluminium smelters were expected to cut their output by at least 30% during the alert.
Source: Reuters
22:14 10.01.2019

China's Henan underperforms on smog after winter surge

The Chinese industrial city of Henan reached its pollution targets for 2018 but was more polluting than the rest of the country following a surge in smog over the winter. The region is a heavy coal and metal producer and is being targeted by the government’s “war on pollution”.
Source: Reuters
22:45 08.01.2019

China bans discharge from open-loop scrubbers in coastal waters: official

China has banned the expulsion of “wash water” which used to remove hazardous chemical from ships starting 1st January 2019. This is part of its strategy to cut pollution in coastal areas. The ban will not expand to all of China’s waters because of the cost it was place on the shipping industry. This restriction is alongside tighter restrictions on sulphur and nitrogen oxide emission from ships in coastal areas.
Source: Reuters
23:37 07.01.2019

Hong Kong could get less polluted winter thanks to El Nino, as weather effect brings less mainland Chinese smog

According to Chinese Universities, Hong Kong’s air quality is usually higher under El Niño conditions as the associated weather tend to disperse pollutants. Figures from the Hong Kong Observatory said surface temperatures over the Pacific was above normal between November and December, contributing to a warmer than expected Christmas. Is this down to climate change?
Source: South China Morning Post
23:33 07.01.2019

China’s fight for clean air gets more complicated

A Chinese and American study hints that by reducing the most harmful particles in the atmosphere, this may also bring negatives alongside the positives. It has been highlighted through research that there is a link between a fall in PM2.5 levels and the rise in ground level ozone pollution and this in term can reduce crop yields.
Source: South China Morning Post