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Extreme Jubbling: check.
That floating stuff may look like paint but it’s lake algae that has bloomed from chemical fertilizer pollution. The Chinese government is spending $77 million to restore the lake.
Do you think this doesn’t happen in the US? Think again…
“The department decided to provide nasal filters – which it called ‘invisible masks’ – because unlike traditional masks they would not hinder officers from shouting and blowing whistles. A sequence of heavily polluted days in January, dubbed the ‘airpocalypse’ has transformed public attitudes towards the thick smog bedevilling many of China’s major cities.”
Here’s a suggestion for anyone traveling through Shanghai: if a police officer pulls you aside and speaks to you haltingly, don’t mimic them. It’s not easy to only breathe in through your nose and have a conversation. [Guardian]
The whole childish “you go first” between the US and China on carbon taxes might be coming to an end soon. According to a report in China’s state-run Xinhua news website, taxing carbon emissions is on the agenda for the Ministry of Finance (MOF). From Xinhua:
“The [Chinese] government will collect the environmental protection tax instead of pollutant discharge fees, as well as levy a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, Jia Chen, head of the ministry’s tax policy division, wrote in an article published on the MOF’s website.
It will be the local taxation authority, rather than the environmental protection department, that will collect the taxes.
The government is also looking into the possibility of taxing energy-intensive products such as batteries, as well as luxury goods such as aircraft that are not used for public transportation, according to Jia.
To conserve natural resources, the government will push forward resource tax reforms by taxing coal based on prices instead of sales volume, as well as raising coal taxes. A resource tax will also be levied on water.”
As consumers of $400 billion worth of Chinese goods (2011), the US deserves an assist for China’s pollution problem. I never quite understood how carbon tax opposing US politicians could pass so much blame on China for their lack of pollution controls when our consumption of their goods is driving it. At least the Inhofes, Rubios and Bachmanns will still have India to blame and do the “you go first” carbon tax dance with. [Mother Jones]
Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a do-over? China has been looking to redo by re-thinking their future cities and developing eco-cities like Tianjin Eco-city. When it’s complete some time after 2020, Tianjin Eco-city will be home to 350,000 residents where 90% of in-city travel can be accomplished by foot, bike or public transportation. Green buildings will be the norm and renewable power will supply 15% of the eco-city’s electricity needs. What’s the motivation? From the NY Times:
“Today, facing challenges like runaway urbanization, soaring energy consumption and environmental degradation, China is hoping to establish a different set of paragons. With its cities expected to swell by another 350 million residents in the next 25 years, according to World Bank estimates, the government is scurrying to find sustainable urban solutions. To that end, it hopes to have 100 model cities, 200 model counties, 1,000 model districts and 10,000 model towns by 2015.”
One interesting fact about the Tianjin Eco-city project is that when construction started in 2008, EV charging stations where never included in the plans. Maybe a good lesson that can be learned from China’s experience is to build future eco-cities that are simple and flexible. They didn’t plan for electric vehicles and now, just like every non eco-city, they have to update their infrastructure to account for them.
Remember when feeling "Green" meant you weren't feeling so well? Somehow, the color green has been taken from us and marketed back to us as the cure for everything that's wrong with the planet. But Jubbling is different. Jubbling is about using clotheslines instead of buying a new eco-friendly clothes dryer and Jubbling is about finding a drinking fountain instead of buying a reusable water bottle that tracks how many times you've refilled it.
Ultimately, Jubbling is about making consuming less, less consuming.
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