Air

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
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.
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.
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.
Read Full Story 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
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.
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
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.
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.