Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China

Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China The central government recently declared its first-ever national red alert for air quality, with pollution levels hovering over 12 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization. Indeed, China’s unprecedented growth has come at a horrific

The Week Magazine

1300 firms punished in China for violating pollution norms

Over 1,300 companies have been punished in China’s Shanxi Province, which suffered the worst smog this winter, for violating anti-pollution regulations with a fine of USD 3.1 million collected from them. The campaign by local environmental law

Business Standard

UK military mask-maker aims for smog-hit northern China

People in China’s smog-hit northern cities are buying an unprecedented number of air-pollution-blocking masks and a British-made product is becoming a hit among well-informed buyers. A massive number of face masks are available in the nation, including …


China detains 720, imposes $21.8 million of fines in pollution crackdown: media

A general view of buildings in Puxi district from the Jin Mao Tower amid heavy smog in Shanghai. REUTERS/Aly Song. More. SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China detained 720 people and Beijing imposed $21.8 million of fines for violating environmental protection …

Yahoo News

In smog battle, Beijing’s neighbor plans to reduce coal power

HEBEI, one of China’s northern province’s that is plagued by air pollution, has vowed to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power plants. At the ongoing session of the provincial legislature, it was announced that a plan would be drawn up to cut coal

Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Over 5600 pollution cases filed in Hebei, Henan

More than 5,600 environmental protection violation cases were filed in two Chinese provinces last year, local authorities disclosed Wednesday. Fines totaling 420 million yuan (60.6 million U.S. dollars), involving 4,242 cases, were issued from January


Pollution Crisis Shuts Down Factories in North China

BEIJING (AP) — Engulfed in choking smog, some northern Chinese cities limited the number of cars on roads and temporarily shut down factories Monday to reduce air pollution during a national “red alert.” More than 700 companies stopped production in …

Military Technologies

China drafts plan to limit coal price volatility – report

BEIJING China has drawn up a mechanism aimed at limiting future volatility in coal prices and is seeking support from the industry for the new measures, according to a media report. The plan, drafted by industry associations and key government agencies


Public anger in China as smog crisis continues

Large swathes of southern China are covered by a thick layer of air pollution, posing serious risks to respiratory health and prompting authorities to caution residents in affected areas to remain indoors. The warnings follow one of the most severe

World Socialist Web Site

Beijing to launch pollution police

Though big on policy, enforcement has always been an issue for China in fighting smog in its capital. Enter, the pollution police. Airpocalypse now Air-pocalypse now: The level of harmful particulate matter in Beijing exceeds 500 micrograms per cubic