BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWs ABOUT CHINA’S AIR
What China’s Second Red Alert Means for the Future of Clean Energy; It needs to move faster to dethrone Old King Coal.
Barbara Finamore, January 6, 2016 (Fortune)
“Beijing recently announced its second-ever ‘red alert’ for air pollution, as toxic smog again enveloped China’s capital. During the most severe air pollution episode last year, concentrations of the primary pollutants in Beijing last November reached levels nearly 40 times higher than what the World Health Organization considers safe for 24-hour exposure. Air pollution is killing an average of 4,000 people a day in China—as if ‘every man, woman, and child in China smoked 1.5 cigarettes every hour,’ according to independent research group Berkeley Earth…The situation is slowly changing, though it may be hard to see it through the smog. China’s 2013 Air Pollution Prevention Action Plan requires the Beijing region (Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei) to achieve negative coal consumption growth by 2017…China has also tightened its air pollution and environmental protection laws to both speed the transition to cleaner energy and to put powerful new tools in the hands of environmental officials and the public…[But none of the] measures is a quick fix…The good news is that this transformation is already underway…But China can, and should, move faster to dethrone Old King Coal…” click here for more