CruiserTwelve: Sometimes the air around me becomes flammable enough to be used as fuel.
penthesilea: China's air pollution can be seen from space. It's a huge thick blanket of gray brown asthma and cancer.
Schadenfreudianslip: When I was studying abroad in Beijing, I would blow my nose and the contests were brown. I would wash my face in the evening, and the washcloth showed black streaks. Yeah, it might have been cleaner to take up smoking.
Allen. The end.: B-b-but capitalism!
Brontes: Anyone know what caused this particular bout of high levels? Is this a particularly stagnant time of year for weather fronts that region or is it only going to get worse?
whatshisname: The good news is you can still get stuff cheap at Wal-mart
digistil: Schadenfreudianslip: When I was studying abroad in Beijing, I would blow my nose and the contests were brown. I would wash my face in the evening, and the washcloth showed black streaks. Yeah, it might have been cleaner to take up smoking.What kind of contests were you entered into?? Wait, I don't want to know.
OgreMagi: China is opening coal burning power plants at an alarming rate. Plus, unlike the US, they don't enforce any environmental laws. Also, even though they signed the Kyoto treaty, they are specifically categorized as a "developing nation", so don't have to adhere to any of those environmental laws.
opiumpoopy: CruiserTwelve: Sometimes the air around me becomes flammable enough to be used as fuel.Yes, but without the nasty particulate matter.One hopes.
Kevin72: Air is unhealthy above 100 microgrammes. At 300, all children and elderly people should remain indoors.Official Beijing city readings on Saturday suggested pollution levels over 400. Unofficial reading from a monitor at the US embassy recorded 800.Last year Chinese authorities warned the US embassy not to publish its data. But the embassy said the measurements were for the benefit of embassy personnel and were not citywide.Yes. This right here describes so much of the trouble with the Communists in Mainland China. Anything that makes Big Brother look bad or wrong is a lie and must be suppressed!
NutWrench: Donora, Pennsylvania 1948The smog started building up in Donora on October 27, 1948. By the following day it was causing coughing and other signs of respiratory distress for many residents of the community in the Monongahela River valley. Many of the illnesses and deaths were initially attributed to asthma. The smog continued until it rained on October 31, by which time 20 residents of Donora had died and approximately a third to one half of the town's population of 14,000 residents had been sickened. Sixty years later, the incident was described by The New York Times as "one of the worst air pollution disasters in the nation's history". Even ten years after the incident, mortality rates in Donora were significantly higher than those in other communities nearby.rest of wiki articleI saw this the History Channel a few nights ago on one of those rare occasions that they were talking about history.
middlewaytao: Outsourcing pollution to avoid local standards is a huge part of capitalist globalization.
middlewaytao: Allen. The end.: B-b-but capitalism!Outsourcing pollution to avoid local standards is a huge part of capitalist globalization.
namatad: OgreMagi: China is opening coal burning power plants at an alarming rate. Plus, unlike the US, they don't enforce any environmental laws. Also, even though they signed the Kyoto treaty, they are specifically categorized as a "developing nation", so don't have to adhere to any of those environmental laws.My dad tells stories of growing up in Chicago back in the days of coal. (30s and 40s)Coughing up coal dust. So we were there not that long ago, and China was frozen in place for 50 years by the revolution. I am sure that they will come around ... in 10-50 more years.Kyoto Treaty? ROFLWhat a worthless POS. China and India were exempt. China and India increased CO2 during the Treaty period by a larger amount than the total theoretical reduction if all other nations had complied. Unless we are going to include China and India, things will only continue to get "worse" at an increasing rate. And unless we are willing to force China and India to comply, why are we even pretending to reduce emissions?/sorry, but reducing the increase by such a tiny amount has no effect in reality. your beliefs do not change reality.
OgreMagi: Yes, China was frozen in place because of communism, but they are building all their coal plants without implementing any of the modern technology that is available to reduce emissions. It's not like they need to reinvent the stuff.
iheartscotch: And Godzilla hasn't come and destroyed them yet?Oh wait; Godzilla is Japanise. They probably have a cheap knock off of mothra in china.
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