BEIJING ISSUES FIRST EVER “RED ALERT” OVER AIR POLLUTION
The city government warned that Beijing would be shrouded in heavy smog from Tuesday until Thursday
China’s leadership has vowed to crack down on environmental degradation, including the air pollution that blankets many major cities, following decades of unbridled economic growth.
The move comes as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned a Paris summit of nearly 200 nations against a “climate catastrophe”, urging governments to reach a strong deal to limit global warming.
In an online statement, the Beijing city government ordered all outdoor construction work to stop on red alert days, besides urging schools to close.
ALTZAR: It’s about time. As anyone who has spent some time in Beijing knows, the Chinese capital is notorious for its bad air. It’s like London at the height of the industrial era, only worse (see below).
And not just Beijing. Take a look at the Shanghai pictures I took from my hotel room when I was there in Oct 2006. Disgusting! And that’s what China used to celebrate as “progress?”
By the way, there are 21 million people in Beijing and 25 million in Shanghai. Makes you wonder why they just don’t get up and leave, rather than wait to die in their honeycombed apartments while chasing the Almighty Yuan like their western counterparts chase the Dollar or the Euro. At least in the country, you can die in peace and in nature.
Beijing issues first-ever ‘red alert’ over air pollution – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/beijing-red-alert-pollution_566562f2e4b079b2818f16dd
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Also, from my travelogues…
Beijing: City of Fog, Smog and Sand
BEIJING, Oct 14, 2006 – I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see the sun and blue sky here. After two days in the Chinese capital, for which the weather service officially reported “clear skies,” I was yet to see either.
The sun tried hard yesterday afternoon to break through the fog or smog or sand or clog or whatever the stuff is that’s clogging up the atmosphere here, but the best it could do is show its faint outline. As for the blue skies, one had to look for them at billboards advertising distant vacationlands.
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Yet only three days ago, we marked the 63rd anniversary of the “Great Smog” that killed over 4,000 people in London. So what goes around, comes around, when it comes to the industrialists poisoning the nations in pursuit of Greed and Profit.
Here’s a Steward of the Earth comment from Dec 4, 2015…
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY… DEC 4
LONDON SMOG KILLS OVER 4,000 PEOPLE
Nowadays, it is Beijing that seems to be the smog capital of the world. But 63 years ago, that dubious distinction undoubtedly belonged to London.
On this day in 1952, heavy smog started to hover over London, England. It persisted for four days, leading to the deaths of at least 4,000 people.
It was a Thursday afternoon, like today, when a high-pressure air mass stalled over the Thames River Valley. When cold air arrived suddenly from the west, the air over London became trapped in place. In Phoenix, Arizona, we call that temperature inversion.
The problem was exacerbated by low temperatures, which caused residents to burn extra coal in their furnaces. The smoke, soot and sulfur dioxide from the area’s industries along with that from cars and consumer energy usage caused extraordinarily heavy smog to smother the city. By the morning of December 5, there was a visible pall cast over hundreds of square miles.
ALTZAR: Yes, we have come a long way since 63 years ago. In London. And some other former industrial cities. Unfortunately, global carbon emissions per capita have about doubled in the same time frame.
So what our western leaders have simply shipped their dirty factories and and other resource-based industries elsewhere, to the third world countries. So now instead of in England and America, there are killing people in China, Latin America and other Asian pollution importing countries. Which is despicable!
AS LONG AS WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE GUIDED ONLY BY GREED AND MONEY, HUMANITY WILL KEEP GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE.