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Monday, 19 December 2016

China: Beijing Smog Red Alert; Smoggy Days in London



From The Guardian - Beijing smog: pollution red alert declared in China capital and 21 other cities

China chokes on smog so bad that planes can't land, USA Today

Smog clouds put millions at risk in Delhi and Beijing, The Times

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion, The Guardian

Back in London:

The Washington Post - "Amid smoggy days in London, growing calls to clean up Europe’s toxic air"

"The city’s overreliance on diesel-powered vehicles has given it a dubious distinction: a global leader in nitrogen dioxide, a particularly noxious pollutant that shortens the lives of thousands of Londoners a year".

Beijing Update, 4 January 2017, Euronews - "Smog and fog alerts in Beijing are keeping people indoors and disrupting traffic".

The Economist - Why China’s air pollution is on the rise again, Jan 4th 2017 - "OVER the past month, successive waves of thick smog have blanketed northern and central China. With visibility severely reduced, authorities have cancelled flights, shut highways and imposed emergency factory closures" (subscribe or register to read).



From The Guardian - Beijing smog: pollution red alert declared in China capital and 21 other cities

China chokes on smog so bad that planes can't land, USA Today

Smog clouds put millions at risk in Delhi and Beijing, The Times

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion, The Guardian

Back in London:

The Washington Post - "Amid smoggy days in London, growing calls to clean up Europe’s toxic air"

"The city’s overreliance on diesel-powered vehicles has given it a dubious distinction: a global leader in nitrogen dioxide, a particularly noxious pollutant that shortens the lives of thousands of Londoners a year".

Beijing Update, 4 January 2017, Euronews - "Smog and fog alerts in Beijing are keeping people indoors and disrupting traffic".

The Economist - Why China’s air pollution is on the rise again, Jan 4th 2017 - "OVER the past month, successive waves of thick smog have blanketed northern and central China. With visibility severely reduced, authorities have cancelled flights, shut highways and imposed emergency factory closures" (subscribe or register to read).

More detail from The Economist:

"Over the past month, thick smog has blanketed northern and central China. In 2014 the government declared “war on pollution” and smog became a bit lighter. But a rebound in heavy industry since last spring, tracking a property-market rally, brought it back. The government is now trying to cool the property market—while hoping to avert a more serious slowdown. The war against pollution will only go so far".












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