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]


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]


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]


Mark Wilby Is Protesting Illegal Rhinoceros Poaching By Sending Toenail Clippings To Chinese Embassy. (GRAPHIC)

“I’m doing this out of a sense of horror and powerlessness.”
Why Mark Wilby protests illegal rhino poaching in South Africa by sending his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy.

It’s likely that by the end of 2012, 600+ rhinoceroses will be illegally killed in South Africa. It’s all about the extremely valuable rhino horn that is made up of mostly keratin – a protein found in human hair and nails. In Asia, rhino horn is ground and consumed for its “believed”, yet unproven, healing properties and is used to treat fevers and inflammation.

Frustrated by the wasteful rhino killings, Mark Wilby is taking his fight to one of the expected end-users by sending his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and he’s encouraging others to do this same. Mr. Wilby knows his toenail campaign is disrespectful but guided by a feeling of powerlessness, hopes his form of protest will effect change where other methods have failed.

Jubbling thinks Mr. Wilby may be on to something. This form of protest will not only motivate our environmentally concerned kids to clip their seldom cut toenails but it’ll also encourage them to write letters too. [E360]

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
972 Pretorius Street
Arcadia 0083
South Africa
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn
Guateng 0181
South Africa

China Wants To Frack Like The US. For China’s Groundwater It’s Going To Get Fracking Ugly.

Fracking in China.China doesn’t have the best reputation for choosing environmental concerns over economic benefits and that is why its citizens should be worried about expanded fracking. The problem with fracking is that it occurs out-of-sight and underground, without enforced protections, and the gain of capturing natural gas is so huge for the power hungry nation. The Guardian posted “China planning ‘huge fracking industry'” that discusses why the move toward less polluting natural gas and away from coal is so important for China and how the move will adversely impact groundwater.

Currently, China generates 70% of their electricity from coal. Replacing coal and fracking up natural gas would cut China’s greenhouse gas emissions in half but there is still a hidden cost. Here’s a quote from the article:

“An unidentified source at China’s Ministry of Land Resources told Caixin that as shale gas development accelerates the government will likely introduce specific environmental policies to address fracking, such as groundwater protection. But these are not likely to be legally binding, an industry source told the publication.”

Pre-fracked groundwater in 57 percent of China’s 660 cities has already been declared polluted and it’s only going to get worse. The economy holds sway over the environment and it’s too easy to conceal the groundwater contaminating effects of fracking fluids. [The Guardian]


Disturbing Interactive Graphic Of The Day: The Growth Of CO2 Emissions From Energy Consumption

CO2 Emissions from Energy ConsumptionThe CO2 Emissions from the Consumption of Energy interactive chart displays data, by country, from 1980 – 2010. The growth of China’s emissions from 2000-2010 is pretty staggering but not unexpected. They’re joining the emissions game later than the rest of the world and they’re running away with it.

To view and tweak the chart, click here. [Guardian. Chart created by Craig Bloodworth, The Information Lab]