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“China’s pollution is at an unbearable stage,” Li Junfeng, director general of the state body that advises the government on climate-change issues, said at a conference in Beijing yesterday. “It’s like a smoker who needs to quit smoking at once otherwise he will risk getting lung cancer.”...
Air pollution in China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, has reached intolerable levels and the country should aggressively cut its reliance on coal, according to the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation.
The world’s second-biggest economy needs to reduce reliance on heavy industries to curb air pollution, as well as cutting coal’s share in its energy mix, Ma Jun, chief economist for greater China at Deutsche Bank AG, said at the same conference.
“China should cut heavy industries’ share in gross domestic output by 9 percentage points between 2013 and 2030 to meet its pollution-cut target,” Ma said.
Heavy industries including construction and manufacturing made up about 46 percent of the economy in 2012, according to Ma. He proposed reducing coal’s share in energy consumption to 46 percent by 2030, and increasing the use of clean energy to the same rate by that year.
Last month, the Yale Environmental Performance Index ranked India 174th out of 178 countries on air pollution. According to India’s Central Pollution Control Board, in 2010, particulate matter in the air of 180 Indian cities was six times higher than World Health Organization standards. More people die of asthma in India than anywhere else in the world. Indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking fires, and outdoor air pollution are the third and fifth leading causes of death in India.
Automobile sales in India have boomed, and diesel is the fuel of choice. Many industries pollute with impunity, defying existing environmental laws and regulations. Pollution monitoring in India is a haphazard affair. Industries know that even if they are caught polluting, criminal prosecution will take years to go through India’s overburdened courts.
The best hope for reining in air pollution lies with India’s Supreme Court. It has handed down a series of landmark environmental decisions, including mandating the use of compressed natural gas in public-service vehicles in Delhi in 1985. Air quality in India’s capital improved, but the gains have since evaporated. On Monday, the court asked the governments of Delhi and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to respond to a report from India’s Environmental Pollution Control Authority that said air pollution has reached such severe levels that it is the cause of 3,000 child deaths a year in Delhi alone. The report recommends a series of measures, including a 30 percent tax on the sale of diesel vehicles, higher automobile registration and parking fees, and getting more buses on Delhi’s roads.
The Supreme Court should use its authority to order compliance with these recommendations. And India’s national air-quality standards must be made legally binding.
It's ok, God will fix it. Or Earth will fix it. Ummm it's good for plants! Right?
I read the smog is so bad they are showing videos of of Sunrises.
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I thought I'd look up a graph showing the biggest contributorsSource
How's your country doing?
India has the world’s highest death rate because of chronic respiratory diseases, and it has more deaths from asthma than any other nation, according to the World Health Organization. A recent study found that half of all visits to doctors in India are for respiratory problems, according to Sundeep Salvi, director of the Chest Research Foundation in Pune.
Thanks for that graph, I'm a bit surprised to see how close the US is.. and by the way the media has portrayed coal burning as being from other countries like China, seems like they are purposely evading the cause of the global green house gas stuff. Coal seems to be the worst offender, unless I'm mistaken..edit on 23-2-2014 by alienreality because: (no reason given)
I have family in China and they agree it is getting unbearable.. I can't help but think of the USA since we also burn coal like mad..