China Consumes Almost As Much Coal As The Rest Of The World Combined.

China Coal Consumption vs Rest Of The World

Graphic from Washington Post

I might have figured out one major contributor to China’s deadly smog.

Burning coal to supply electricity to 1+ billion people will have adverse side-effects – off the charts air pollution is just the visible one. [ThinkProgress]

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Billionaire Chen Guangbiao Is Already Selling A Cure For China’s Devastating Smog: ‘Pristine Tibet’ Canned Air.

China smog cure:  canned air.I sure hope the Onion is behind this story.

Beijing’s extremely hazardous air quality has been all over the news and billionaire Chen Guangbiao isn’t waiting for a Chinese version of the Clean Air Act – he’s already done something about it. He’s been producing canned air for several months and his hope is that China’s children and future grandchildren won’t have to wear gas masks and carry oxygen tanks around in order to breathe clean air. From The Sydney Morning Herald:

“Chen Guangbiao sells his cans of air for five yuan (75¢) each. It comes in atmospheric flavours including pristine Tibet, post-industrial Taiwan and revolutionary Yan’an, the Communist Party’s early base area.”

Jubbling’s take now is the same as it was when we first heard about canned air for sale: 蛇油 (snake oil). [Smart Planet]

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Scene From Blade Runner Unknowingly Recreated In China’s Smog.

Pangu Plaza in Beijing smog

The photo above is the Pangu Plaza in Beijing and due to the smog conditions and the building’s large video screen, it does share an uncanny resemblance to a city scene in the film Blade Runner. Pangu Plaza in Beijing


Large video screen scene in Blade Runner

2019 Los Angeles might actually get a win here. [Gizmodo]

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Air Pollution In Beijing Hits Level ‘Crazy’: The Hard-To-Hide Cost Of China’s Technological Revolution.

Air pollution in Beijing China off the charts.

“What an awful ‘welcome’ back to Beijing it is, never seen it so bad. My apartment is on the 22nd floor and at times I can’t see the ground below the smog is so thick. Think I might take up smoking to get some fresh air.”
– Balmerino comment on “Top tip if you’re going out in Beijing: don’t breathe”

This last weekend, air quality instruments measuring lung-damaging tiny particulate matter (PM2.5) in Beijing went nuts and reached 600 micrograms per square meter (MPSM) – and it’s expected to go higher! According to the World Health Organization, 25 MPSM is considered a safe level.

We all have a role in Beijing’s crazy air pollution and we’ll all have to share the results. It’s the not-so hidden cost of China’s economic growth spurred by consumers around the world. [Guardian]

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Air Quality In Beijing Gets Translated Into English. How Do You Translate “Stop Dumping Solar Panels” Into Chinese?

The LA Times had an article this weekend, U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China’s own assessments, about the difference in reporting Beijing’s air quality.

Beijing Air Quality
So we can’t agree on reporting air quality; now just imagine what it’s going to take to convince the Chinese government that they’re dumping solar panels in the US.

You can track the live results of the monitoring station on the US Embassy’s roof in Beijing via Twitter: #BeijingAir

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