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5 Ways Air Pollution Is Destroying Your Health

You probably already know about some of the dangers that severe air pollution exposure can cause and how places like stoplights at intersections can increase your exposure to harmful air particles up to 29 times more than the open road. While these facts are startling, you probably don’t know about the almost invisible dangers. [1] Namely the numerous diseases and cognitive issues now being linked to air pollution. Here we’ll get into five ways you’re letting air pollution destroy your health. The Hidden Dangers of Air Pollution Despite the slow turn to more sustainable forms of agriculture and industry, air pollution is still a big problem. Here are just some of the ways air pollution negatively affects your health.… Read More

Nearly Two-Thirds Of People In China Consider Themselves ‘Envirionmentalists’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In China, the world’s biggest polluter, about 64 percent of people identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the United States, a report published on Wednesday showed. The survey by Dutch research agency Motivaction said in China, where public anger has mounted over hazardous levels of pollution in towns and cities, environmentalists had a greater sense of urgency about action needed to tackle the problem than Western counterparts, where the financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda. Motivaction, which interviewed more than 48,000 consumers in 20 countries through online surveys, found Chinese greens tended to be socially conservative, devoted to family and traditional Asian values, and pro-business groups which… Read More

60% Of China’s Underground Water Is Too Polluted To Drink

Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems. Water quality measured in 203 cities across the country last year rated “very poor” or “relatively poor” in an annual survey released by the Ministry of Land and Resources, the official Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday. Water rated “relatively” poor quality cannot be used for drinking without prior treatment, while water of “very” poor quality cannot be used as a source of drinking water, the report said. The proportion of water not suitable for direct drinking rose from 57.4 percent from 2012, it said. China‘s decades-long economic boom has brought rising… Read More

Chinese Government Admits One Fifth Of Country’s Farmland Is Polluted

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about the country’s food safety after years of unbridled industrialization. Results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country’s soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land. More than 80 percent of the pollution is the result of inorganic toxins, with the top three identified as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. The results were released jointly by China‘s Environmental Protection Ministry and its Land and Resources Ministry. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All… Read More

In Ulan Bator, winter stoves fuel a smog responsible for one in 10 deaths

Mongolia‘s capital is the coldest in the world – and in its tented slums, pollution from traditional heating is a killer. But change is on the way They call Mongolia the “land of blue sky”; its spectacular desert, forest and grasslands are blessed by sun for two-thirds of the year. But climb to a snow-dusted hilltop overlooking Ulan Bator and you see a thick grey band hanging over the city. In the coming weeks, as temperatures plummet, the smog will spread across the streets and into homes, shutting out the light. While Beijing’s “airpocalypse” has made headlines worldwide, it pales beside the haze of the Mongolian capital. Ulan Bator is the world’s second-most polluted city, superseded only by Ahvaz… Read More

China Is Running Out Of Water, And The Government’s Solutions Are Potentially Disastrous

Northern China is running out of water, but the government’s remedies are potentially disastrous CHINA endures choking smog, mass destruction of habitats and food poisoned with heavy metals. But ask an environmentalist what is the country’s biggest problem, and the answer is always the same. “Water is the worst,” says Wang Tao, of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing, “because of its scarcity, and because of its pollution.” “Water,” agrees Pan Jiahua, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “People can’t survive in a desert.” Wang Shucheng, a former water minister, once said: “To fight for every drop of water or die: that is the challenge facing China.” He was not exaggerating. A stock image of China is a fisherman… Read More

2013: China vows to tackle air pollution

Beijing unveils measures to close old polluting mills and smelters and cut coal use to halt worsening air pollution China has revealed sweeping measures to tackle air pollution, with plans to close old polluting steel mills, cement factories and aluminium smelters, and slash coal consumption and boost the use of nuclear power and natural gas. China has been under heavy pressure to address air pollution after thick and hazardous smog engulfed much of the industrial north, including the capital, Beijing, in January. It has identified coal burning as a key area to tackle. China said its new plan would aim to cut total coal consumption to below 65% of total primary energy use by 2017, down from 66.8% last… Read More