Doug Vining Water Crisis Shows China's Pollution Risks

Posted: 24 November 2005 at 12:29

Doug Vining Is Beijing Manipulating Air Pollution Statistics?

Steven Q. Andrews has written two op-eds for the Asian version of the Wall Street Journal, in which he accuses Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau of tweaking its method of calculating the city's air pollution index.
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1722450,00.html
Posted: 17 March 2008 at 10:28

Doug Vining Toxic air

In 2005 we wrote about how air pollution in China was not just a problem for China, but also a problem for the rest of the world, who were also partly responsible. For the 2008 Olympics, the authorities cleaned up the air in Beijing remarkably, and there were few complaints. But the Olympics were a summer event, and it's really in winter that the air becomes hazardous in Beijing. So hazardous at times, that people living there check their apps continuously to keep aware of the dangers.

The very fact that there are several smartphone apps reporting on air quality in Beijing tells us we are living in a different world, where transparency is becoming the norm, and the need for so many apps tells us the problem is perhaps worse than ever. Will we ever see a scenario where the west applies for legal sanctions against China over its polluted skies? How can the home countries of say Volkswagen complain when Volkswagen is the biggest car brand in China? And as this article in the Economist points out, Los Angeles is still not meeting American Federal standards for air quality!
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Posted: 15 January 2013 at 07:58

Doug Vining China's latest export

A new study has been published that shows air pollution from China industry can also affect the United States.

The paper explores the environmental consequences of interconnected economies. The scientists wrote that "outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States - or for that matter many countries in the Northern Hemisphere - from the environmental impacts of air pollution."
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Posted: 21 January 2014 at 16:06

Doug Vining China's latest export

We posed this scenario almost nine years ago, that the west was outsourcing its pollution to China, and that China's pollution would affect the west in future.

Now both parts of this scenario have materialised. China's pollution is reaching the US, and the Guardian reports that rich countries are increasingly outsourcing their emissions to 'rising economies'. Read the article here:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/19/co2-emissions-outsourced-rich-nations-rising-economies
Posted: 29 January 2014 at 10:24
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