18:58 22.01.2019

China's top steelmaking city issues level 2 smog alert

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.
Source: Reuters
17:41 22.01.2019

Air Pollution Linked to Unhappiness

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.
Source: The Guardian
19:12 21.01.2019

Air pollution puts city residents in bad mood, study suggests

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.
Source: The Independent
19:09 21.01.2019

Air pollution affects happiness not just health, scientists find

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.
Source: The Telegraph
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