13:09 28.11.2018

Daimler to start making electric cars in China in 2019

Daimler will start making electric cars next year in an attempt to meet the country’s anti-pollution quota for car makers. Such moves have made car companies confident about fulfilling the NEV quotas and production will start at the end of next year. Sales of Mercedes-Benz cars are expected to grow next year, giving the continued demand for premium cars.
Source: Reuters
13:05 28.11.2018

China lambasts NE city for turning blind eye to oil pollution

China’s environment ministry is cracking down on pollution from small scale oil refining further pushing the country’s struggle to tackle the country’s environment despite tightening rules. It was revealed last week that over 3,500people had been prosecuted for pollution related crimes in the first half of 2018 which is nearly 40% from this time last year.
Source: Reuters
13:25 27.11.2018

Global warning as emissions hit new high in new UN report

Emissions have increased by 1.3% to 53.5 billion tonnes last year because of global economic growth and the lack of efforts to improve energy efficiency, according to a report by UN Environment. If the world continues at this rate, such emissions would trigger catastrophic climate change, causing sea levels to rise by a metre.
Source: The Times
13:09 27.11.2018

Pollution: The greatest threat to human health

75 percent of the world's population lives in areas where particulate pollution exceeds WHO guidelines. Loss of life expectancy is the highest in Asia, exceeding 6 years in many parts of India and China. India and China account for 73 percent of all years of life lost due to particulate pollution.
Source: CNBC
13:18 26.11.2018

Beijing Suffers Bad Air as China Prioritizes Growth

On Monday 26th November, China’s air quality was the worst it had been in 18 months. The economic slowdown is to blame as the authorities are under pressure to relieve businesses of curbs in order to relieve economic pressures. This has resulted in increased pollution in an attempt to keep factories in business.
Source: Bloomberg
12:45 26.11.2018

Smog war casualty

The city, Jincheng is a prime example of a Chinese city which is trying to rein in pollution without being detrimental on the economy. Across the north of China, the country is constantly trying to strike a balance between the environmental damage and breakneck growth, by keeping the heavy industrial economies afloat. Still dominated by coal, this city was the worst performer among 28 cities in the north of the country.
Source: Reuters
13:34 24.11.2018

The world needs to quit coal. So why is it so hard?

China consumers half the world’s coal however because of the pressure to reduce air pollution, China is also a leader in solar and wind power installation in order to try and slow down the coal output. Research has found that new plants do continue to be built and other projects have been delayed, not stopped. Coal consumption in China grew in 2017, and will again in 2018.
Source: The New York Times
12:42 23.11.2018

Chinese capital issues first smog alert of winter

Beijing issued its first air pollution for the winter ahead of a wave of smog that is expected to blanket the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region as it enters into a yellow level alert. Over the period, construction sites and heavy industry will have to halt operations during these months while the city increases checks on diesel vehicles to ensure they meet emissions standards. At least 28 other cities have also issued orange-level smog alerts.
Source: Reuters
12:37 23.11.2018

China names and shames steel mill in Shanxi for dumping waste

A steel firm in the Shanxi province has been accused of misrepresenting pollution data and dumping large volumes of waste which has been named and shamed by the Environment Ministry. Many members of the public complained on the excess smoke emissions and the Company, Gaoyi Steel did not respond to repeated requests for a comment.
Source: Reuters