Air

February 13, 2014
Beijing city has pledged to shutter 300 high polluting factories this year in a further attempt to stem the choking air pollution plaguing the city.
Zhai Quing
February 12, 2014
In its biggest move to improve poor air quality since the release of the country’s Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan five months ago, China will leverage pricing, taxation and investment, a senior environmental official has said. "For a document (action plan) to be carried through, it must be followed with detailed and conscientious measures," Zhai Quing, vice minister at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) told a post-Chinese New Year Beijing press briefing yesterday.
February 12, 2014
Faced with mounting international and, more importantly, public pressure to clean up its heavily polluted environment, China’s leadership is determined to let industrial polluters know that there’s a new sheriff in town.
February 06, 2014
Having been singled out by a Yale University study as having worse air pollution in its capital than that of China’s, Indian bureaucrats have spent the last week pointing fingers or repudiating the findings and its metrics.
January 29, 2014
A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass.
India Environmental Performance
January 28, 2014
India has emerged as Asia’s worst environmental performer, ranking just 155th out of 178 countries studied by Yale University researchers in their 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). A bottom performer on nearly every policy issue included in the 2014 EPI, with the exception of forests, fisheries, and water resources, India’s performance lags most notably in the protection of human health from environmental harm.
January 22, 2014
The municipal legislature of Beijing has passed new regulations on air pollution control that will cap the city's total emissions and impose harsher penalties on worst offending companies.
Smokestacks at sunset
January 17, 2014
The old adage that China has plenty of good laws but is poor at applying them is once again at the fore following the publication of a new report from a group of environmental NGOs and research institutes on the country’s air pollution problems. The Blue Sky Roadmap – Atmospheric Pollution Investigation Phase II Report analyses the real-time air quality data that has become available in three Chinese provinces in recent months.
China Pollution trading
January 13, 2014
Zhou Shengxian, China’s Minister of Environmental Protection, says his department is looking to increase the use of market mechanisms to help clean up its environment and is considering a nation-wide trading system for pollution permits. Trading rights to emit air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitous oxide have been a notable success in the United States after a national trading scheme was established in the mid-1990s.
January 10, 2014
The 2014 target for reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission is China has been set at 5 percent, a level much more aggressive than in previous years, Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian said at a national environmental conference on Thursday.
January 09, 2014
The Asian Development Bank and China’s Environmental Protection Ministry the will deepen co-operation in seven areas that include efforts to prevent pollution of the air, water and land, according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Wednesday.
Air quality readings across China's cities
January 09, 2014
China’s 31 provinces, antonymous regions and self-governing municipalities have been given firm targets to reduce air pollution by 2017 with cuts of between five and 25 percent depending on location according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The State Council, China’s cabinet, will evaluate each province's progress annually.
January 08, 2014
China approved the construction of more than 100 million tonnes of new coal production capacity in 2013 - six times more than a year earlier and equal to 10 percent of US annual usage - flying in the face of plans to tackle choking air pollution.
January 08, 2014
About 350,000 to 500,000 premature deaths occur in China every year due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report by 21st Century Business Herald on Tuesday.
Burnig dirty coal
December 18, 2013
A new joint study by the China Electricity Council (CEC) and New York NGO the Environmental Defense Fund recommends that to reduce pollution, China’s large power plants burn high polluting dirty coal and keep it out of the hands of smaller coal-burning operations which lack emissions control systems.
December 12, 2013
Chinese authorities have told pilots who fly to Beijing they must be qualified to land their aircraft in the low visibility bought about by smog, state media said on Thursday, as the government tries to reduce flight delays due to pollution.
December 11, 2013
Multinational consumer good company Unilever and other foreign multinationals have gained kudos in Shanghai for standing up for their employees and keeping them at home during the debilitating smog in Shanghai on Monday.
December 11, 2013
In an effort to curb the effects of cross-border air pollution on their respective countries, the three Northeast Asian powerhouses of Japan, South Korea and China have announced working-level talks to begin in Beijing in March, 2014.
Chinese Defence Smog
December 10, 2013
Two of China’s mainstream – and very much establishment – media came out with stories yesterday attempting to paint a positive picture of the country’s chronic air pollution problem. They have been met with howls of derision from the Chinese netizens and other media organizations.
December 10, 2013
South Korea has said it will spend about 10 times more than originally budgeted to monitor air pollution in the wake of record smog drifting over its border from China.