“For all its talk about cutting coal mining capacity, China actually plans to add more,” reports Bloomberg News. Indeed, China’s greenhouse gas emissions increased 4 percent in the first quarter of 2018, so what gives?
As Volkswagen Group nears its deadline on Thursday to reach a comprehensive agreement with U.S. authorities over its tainted diesel engines, the Union of Concerned Scientists calls for a punishment deserving of the magnitude of its deception rather than a slap on the wrist and a nudge towards electrification — neither a suitable punishment nor remedy.
(November 16, 2011) Residents of Beijing and other Chinese cities are pushing for better air quality monitoring, as PM2.5 levels are now either not monitored or not made public.
(November 9, 2011) This week, a botched Car Free Day sees heavier traffic jams than usual; Beijing’s air pollution is far worse than Chinese authorities admit; citizens clash with police in protests against waste incineration; and farmers burn straw, adding smog to Chinese cities.
Patricia Adams of Probe International says worse things are happening to China’s air than increased CO2 emissions: “Nitrogen oxides and mercury are also emitted when hydrocarbons are burned and those emissions are truly troubling.”