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China air pollution "beyond index"
Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 2/10/2013 2:39:34 PM

BEIJING — In the first two months of 2013 Beijing´s air pollution has kept schoolchildren indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals, but this time something is different about the murky haze: the government´s transparency in talking about it. Even state-run media gave the smog remarkably critical and prominent play. "More suffocating than the haze is the weakness in response," read the headline of a front-page commentary by the Communist Party-run China Youth Daily.(Snip)Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country´s rapid pace of industrialization, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in vehicle ownership

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/10/2013 2:55:49 PM     (No. 9168957)

What can the average citizen do besides complain a little? It´s not like they can elect a different set of rulers to improve the quality of life.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDc, 2/10/2013 2:58:40 PM     (No. 9168960)

Hey, let´s tax the citizens of the US and send our money to China so they can clean things up! /so

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Reply 3 - Posted by: QRP, 2/10/2013 4:09:47 PM     (No. 9169047)

This is actually pretty easy to fix. Step 1 - sell off the power stations, the auto plants and most of the rest of the means of production. Step 2 - mandate they not pollute. Problem solved.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: provide, 2/10/2013 4:27:38 PM     (No. 9169071)

Anybody got the message yet why the Chinese are buying property here?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/10/2013 5:31:05 PM     (No. 9169146)

My pro-active foreign policy involves using the EPA to identify polluters in China.

Our notifications to plants, factories, etc would allow time for closures and refitting.

Then, after a certain time, if the Chinese offenders have not complied with our edicts...

Smart technology can eliminate the threat to world peace and harmony posed by the
offending Chinese locations.
Works for me.
Making good use of the EPA to enhance America and the world...
Ending Chi-Com pollution and its threat to mankind.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/10/2013 8:23:23 PM     (No. 9169319)

The coal burned in Beijing is typically from deposits far to the north of the city and is very soft coal--which means it is high in sulfur content and almost more dirt than carbon. While outside, most Beijing residents wear surgical masks which are somewhat effective against particulates but do nothing to exclude gaseous pollutants such as sulfur and nitrogen compounds. In addition to the industrial uses, which probably contribute most of the pollution, coal is used for cooking year round and wintertime domestic and commercial heating. If you can, avoid Beijing in the winter.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: veritas, 2/10/2013 8:39:38 PM     (No. 9169342)

#6: IIRC, a mineral can be classed as coal if it has 50% carbon content. The accompanying material was addressing another subject, and didn´t discuss the issue re pollution further. But that would seem to guarantee quite a lot of ash [and gas] of unknown chemical composition, and the airborne particulates as of course tiny ash specks. As to the "surgical masks," I think any figures on even interception of minute particulates would be discouraging. A "feel-good" gesture, I suspect.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bob913, 2/11/2013 12:08:17 AM     (No. 9169510)

This pollution would explain why the Chinese turn yellow : )

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