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  • As Smog Hits China, Chinese Tourists Seek Fresh Air On Pollution Free Holidays

    01/13/2017 7:05:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan 5, 2017 | Wolfgang Georg Arlt
    As Smog Hits China, Chinese Tourists Seek Fresh Air On Pollution Free Holidays Wolfgang Georg Arlt Jan 5, 2017 The year 2017 started for China with the first ever nationwide red level fog alarm. On January 4th, the country disappeared under a thick blanket of fog with visibility reduced to below 50 meters (164 feet), grounding air transport and rendering travel by car almost impossible. Red and orange smog alarms were raised in cities from Harbin to Guangzhou and from Chengdu to Hangzhou, halting half of all private transport and forcing many polluting factories and construction sites to shut down...
  • The Smog-Sucking Tower Has Arrived in China. But Can It Stay There?

    10/03/2016 6:08:34 AM PDT · by tekrat · 15 replies
    Motherboard @ Vice.com ^ | 9/30/2016 | JAMIE FULLERTON
    Daan Roosegaarde reached into the pocket of his suit jacket, pulled out a plastic bag filled with black powder, and waved it around. “This is Beijing smog,” Roosegaarde said, before gesturing to the seven-metre tall, gently humming metal tower we are stood next to in the Chinese capital’s art district, 798. “We collected it from the tower yesterday. Incredibly disgusting.” Dutch designer Roosegaarde’s smog souvenir may be disgusting, but it’s the byproduct of an invention that he has touted as a potential alleviator of China’s pollution problems. His “smog-free tower” sucks air, filters it with ion technology, with Roosegaarde having...
  • Obama: When Reagan Was Governor of California, the Smog Was So Bad It Was Like Beijing Now

    01/18/2016 7:25:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 104 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 18, 2016 | 1:35 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Speaking at a town hall meeting in Baton Rouge, La., last week, President Barack Obama told the audience that when Ronald Reagan was governor of California the smog sometimes got so bad that "people just wouldn't go outside." "And if you had asthma or some respiratory disease, you might die," said Obama. "I remember as recently as 1979, when I first started college--I started college in Los Angeles--when I went running, the first week I was there, after about five minutes I'd start feeling a burning in my chest," said the president. "And it was just me sucking in soot...
  • Bicyclists have free rein as Milan bans private cars (Italy)

    12/28/2015 2:30:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2015 11:25 AM EST | Colleen Barry
    Bicyclists had free rein of Milan's streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog. Pollution levels in Italy's business capital have exceeded levels considered healthy for more than 30 days straight, prompting officials to ban private cars from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday this week. Officials said private motorists, who risked steep fines, widely respected the ban on its first day. ...
  • Smog cloud bigger than 40 Beijings suffocates northern China

    12/20/2015 10:01:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | 21 December 2015 | Ryan Kilpatrick
    Smog cloud bigger than 40 Beijings suffocates northern China 21 December 2015 12:00 • Ryan Kilpatrick •1 min read A 660,000 square kilometer smog cloud has smothered much of northern China, engulfing the national capital as well as 70 other cities in neighbouring Hebei, Henan and Shandong provinces. Chinese media have said the expanse of air pollution is more than 40 times the size of Beijing itself, which has issued its second-ever red alert over air pollution levels. Air Quality Index readings for north China on Monday morning. Photo: HKFP. The red alert, the highest tier in a four-colour warning...
  • NASA Releases Image Of Chinese Smog Captured From Space.

    12/03/2015 7:01:50 AM PST · by Purdue77 · 12 replies
    AOL via AIAA ^ | 12/02/2015 | AOL News
    AOL (12/2) reports that as the Paris climate talks take place, a satellite image released by NASA, illustrates the view of Chinese smog from space. In reference to the image, NASA said, “The brightest areas are clouds or fog, which have tinges of gray or yellow because of the air pollution,” adding, “Other cloud-free areas have a pall of gray haze that mostly blots out the cities below.”
  • EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

    09/29/2015 12:59:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2015 3:53 AM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Facing a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration is preparing to finalize stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone rules as unnecessary when they were announced last fall, calling them the costliest regulation in history and warning they could jeopardize a resurgence in American manufacturing. But EPA...
  • $200 Could Get You Out Of A Classic Car Smog Check In California

    04/25/2015 1:21:51 AM PDT · by Cowman · 38 replies
    jalopnik ^ | 4-23-15 | Damon Lavrinc
    A bill proposed in California would allow classic car owners to cut a check to the DMV for $200 to get out of the state’s notoriously strict smog test. But naturally, it’s a bit more complicated than just paying off the Golden State. Any car in California built on or after 1976 has to undergo a smog test every two years (not so for pre-76 cars, which is one of the reasons my 1976 BMW 2002 is now living in Florida). AB550 seeks to amend that law to allow vehicles 30 years or older to bypass the test, but only...
  • Fear Mongering Senator, Pres'l Candidate Tells Impressionable Young Child That World Will Soon End

    03/16/2015 1:49:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ed Driscoll
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ted Cruz today? No, try Bobby Kennedy in 1968. That’s how old the left’s doomsday rhetoric is; the actual causes come and go — pollution, acid rain, global cooling, global warming, generic climate change, whatever. The end result is that the world will soon come to end — unless we elect socialist politicians who pretend to be a cross between scientists, mystical clerics and slide rule technocrats. Or as I wrote a couple of years ago, linking to Bobby’s speech in ’68, Carter’s malaise speech a decade later, and Obama’s Dr. Strangelove-esque “science” “czar” John Holdren, “Welcome Back My Friends...
  • EPA Smog Rules: The Most Expensive and Pointless Regulation Ever

    11/28/2014 5:23:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/28/2014 | John Merline
    Does Missaukee County, Michigan, really have a dangerous air pollution problem? The 574-square-mile region, nestled in the northwestern part of the state's lower peninsula, is home to all of 15,000 people. Its economy consists mainly of Christmas tree, dairy and livestock farms, and summer vacationers. The nearest "cities" are Cadillac to the west (population 10,281), and Grayling to the northeast (population 1,863). Yet new smog rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday would treat this little county like Los Angeles...
  • Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

    11/26/2014 10:58:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2014 12:59 PM EST | Dina Cappiello and Josh Lederman
    The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama’s original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. In a long-awaited announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency said it prefers a new, lower threshold for ozone pollution of 65 to 70 parts per billion, but left open the possibility it could enact an even lower standard of 60 parts per billion sought by environmental groups. The current standard is 75 parts per billion, put in...
  • Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data

    11/11/2014 6:47:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WP ^ | November 10 | Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing
    Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data By Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing November 10 BEIJING – China has made a gargantuan effort to clear Beijing’s smoggy air for an important regional summit this week, closing hundreds of factories and forcing cars off the road, but its efforts have only been partially successful. On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Embassy air quality monitor reported a reading of 157, a measurement classified as “unhealthy”. Red-faced, the Chinese government has come up with an innovative solution – block the data from being displayed on local smart phone apps...
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Beijing shuts large coal power plant to curb smog

    07/23/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/23/14 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - Beijing on Wednesday closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media reported. The 50-year-old Gaojing Thermal Power Plant is to be replaced with a gas-fired power station, one of four that is to be built as the Chinese capital aims to boost its reliance on cleaner energy, Xinhua news agency said. The other three major coal-fired power plants in Beijing will be closed by 2016, the state-run agency added. A five-year plan was introduced in the city last...
  • Air pollution in Paris gets so bad car driving is BANNED on alternate days

    03/16/2014 12:26:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:36 EST, 16 March 2014 | Peter Allen
    Drivers in Paris will only be allowed to use their cars every other day from tomorrow because of dangerous pollution levels. The introduction of the drastic measure follows a grey smog settling over the French capital from the middle of last week. François Hollande’s socialist government decided to introduce alternative driving days after air pollution exceeded safe levels for five days running. …
  • Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    01/15/2014 8:23:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2014 10:24 PM EST
    Beijing’s skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe. The air took on an acrid odor, and many of the city’s commuters wore industrial strength face masks as they hurried to work. The city’s air quality is often poor, especially in winter when stagnant weather patterns combine with an increase in coal-burning to exacerbate other forms of pollution and create days-long periods of heavy smog. But the readings early Thursday for...
  • China may further limit car purchases to curb smog

    07/12/2013 2:11:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 9:23 PM EDT | Louise Watt
    More Chinese cities may restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight air pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities. Beijing, Shanghai and two other cities already curb the purchase of vehicles for private use, through lotteries and auctions of a limited number of license plates. …
  • EPA's Dirty Secret About The Environment on Earth Day

    04/22/2013 4:30:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2013 | John Merline
    The Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed strict new "clean fuel" standards on gasoline. The EPA said the so-called Tier 3 rule would cut emissions of smog-forming pollutants, as well as toxic emissions like benzene. What the EPA didn't say was that levels of these pollutants have been falling steadily for years, and would continue to fall even without the new rule, which the oil industry says will cost tens of billions of dollars. Indeed, a fact that won't get much attention on Earth Day — April 22 — is that pollution has been falling across the board for...
  • Chinese Businessman Sells Canned Air to Smog-Choked Citizens (Beijing)

    01/31/2013 7:27:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    DVICE ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Adario Strange
    Chinese businessman sells canned air to smog-choked citizens Recently, we told you about the horrendous air pollution problems in Beijing that have forced the Chinese government to advise citizens to stay indoors and has residents wearing facemasks in an attempt to protect their lungs from the smog. In the true spirit of Chinese entrepreneurialism, a Chinese businessman has decided to cash in on the "airpocalypse" by selling his own brand of canned air. Chen Guangbiao, a local entrepreneur known for his publicity stunts, claims he's selling the cans of air in part as a way to bring attention to the...