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Besotted by Beijing

Posted by feww on April 14, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
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Another major air poisoning episode underway in Beijing

China Cognitive Dissonance: Pollution is deadly; pollution is necessary to promote a “better” lifestyle!

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Beijing AQI. Near real-time Air Quality Index. Source: aqicn.org

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Red Alert as Hazardous Smog Fills N China’s Shenyang

Posted by feww on March 27, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
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Heavy smog and fog shroud huge swathes of China

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Heavy smog and fog shrouded huge swathes of China prompting the authorities to issue a red alert in Shenyang the capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province, March 27, 2014. Photo: Xinhua/Jiang Bing

Beijing AQI

Meantime, Beijing AQI reached a high of 477 on Thursday and was hovering above 350 level, as of posting.

AQI levels of 300 or greater are categorized as “hazardous” and require mandatory health warnings because everyone may experience very serious health effects.

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Killing Life in Beijing

Posted by feww on March 26, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
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‘The great virtue of Heaven and Earth is creating life’  —I Ching

China issued a “yellow alert” yesterday amid 5th consecutive day of deadly air pollution in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Provinc . Beijing AQI reached a peak of of 417 at 11:00 am local time on Wednesday.

“Foggy weather will appear in north China and areas along the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, while some parts of Beijing and Tianjin, and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong and Liaoning will see heavy air pollution until Wednesday morning, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said on Tuesday,” Xinhua reported.

“Yellow” is the 2nd lowest [despite the life-threatening smog] of a four-tier alert system—red, orange, yellow, blue—indicating the severity of air pollution.

The reoccurring heavy smog episodes have been described as “Apocalyptic” by Beijing residents.

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AQI for Beijing and surrounding areas. Source: aqicn.org

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Chinese Cities Unfit for Living

Posted by feww on March 8, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
TOXIC AIR POLLUTION
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Nearly all Chinese cities monitored for pollution in 2013 failed to meet environmental standards: Senior official

About 96 Chinese cities monitored for pollution in 2013 failed to meet environmental standards, said Wu Xiaoqing, China’s vice-minister of environmental protection.

Of the 74 cities monitored by Beijing, 71 had various degrees of problems, said Wu at a news conference on Saturday, Reuters reported.

The only three cities that met the standard were the flood-prone city of Haikou in the island province of Hainan, Llasa, the capital of quake-prone Tibet, and the coastal resort city of Zhoushan.

China’s pollution problems can only be solved through fundamental changes to the way the country develops its economy, said Wu.

“When we were chasing GDP growth, we were also paying the price of pollution, and this price is heavy, is massive.”

“China will cut outdated steel production capacity by a total of 27 million tonnes this year, slash cement production by 42 million tonnes and also shut down 50,000 small coal-fired furnaces across the country, according to the government work report delivered by Premier Li on Wednesday,” said Xinhua.

Beijing AQI

Meanwhile, the Beijing AQI for PM2.5 hit 255 (Very Unhealthy) on Saturday, before falling slightly to 249, as of posting. [Temp: 4°C; range  -3°C to 12°C]

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 2, 2014

Posted by feww on March 2, 2014

You’re making this planet increasingly unfit for living

Ukraine

Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved sending Russian troops to Ukraine

The development follows an appeal by the Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, who requested help from Russia to “cope with the crisis and ensure peace and calm in the region,” said reports.

Events in Ukraine indicate there is a “threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation… and the personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory,” said the Russian president Putin.

“We are particularly concerned with the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, where, in accordance with the international treaty, the Black Sea Fleet is stationed; where 1.5 million Russian people live,”said a presidential spokesman.

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RT.com considers “stabilizing Russian forces” as “Nazi” forces. [Image sent by Kelly. M]

Putin has not yet decided weather to use  military force in Ukraine despite the unanimous approval by the senate, said a presidential spokesman.

About 6,000 additional Russian troops and 30 armored vehicles have been sent to Crimea, said the Ukrainian Defense Minister on Saturday.

“Russian soldiers are widely reported to be guarding a number of administrative buildings and military bases in Crimea. Parliament, airports, the state television building and telecommunications hubs have also been surrounded,” said a report.

Iraq

At least 930 civilians were killed [murdered] in Iraq in February, according to Iraq Body Count.

This brings the total number of civilians killed in Iraq so far this year to more than 2,000.

The United Nations says almost  1, 200 civilians, including civilian police personnel, were wounded in the ongoing armed violence.

However, the U.N. report excludes the number of casualties in the Anbar province.

China

At least 29 people were killed and 130 others wounded in a violent attack on the main railway station in southwest China’s Kunming city, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

A group of unidentified men armed with knives stormed the station at about 21:00 local time on Saturday, said the police.

“It was an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack, according to the authorities,” reported Xinhua.

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Apocalyptic Smog Covers 10 Percent of China

Posted by feww on February 25, 2014

FIRE-EARTH Models show smog affecting at least 500millon people in China, or 37% of the population.

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
“APOCALYPTIC SMOG”
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NO “Red Alert” for Beijing despite 6th consecutive days of hazardous smog

Satellite remote monitoring showed 980,000km², or 10 percent of the country,  blanketed by smog Sunday including Beijing and the provinces of Liaoning, Hebei, and Shanxi.

Beijing entered its six consecutive day of hazardous smog (AQI above 300), described by as “Apocalyptic smog” by the residents, on Tuesday. However, the authorities have failed to issue a “Red Alert” for the capital, breaking their own rules.

“A red alert indicates the most serious air pollution (AQI above 300) for three consecutive days. An orange alert indicates heavy to serious air pollution (AQI between 200 and 300) alternately for three consecutive days. A yellow alert indicates severe pollution for one day or heavy pollution for three consecutive days,” said a report.

Beijing was placed on “Yellow Alert” on Thursday, but the alert was upgraded to “Orange” for the first time on Friday, where it has stayed since.

The poisonous smog is forecast to linger until at least Thursday, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

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Smog shrouds the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China, Feb. 24, 2014. Many parts of China have been enveloped by poisonous smog since last week. The potentially deadly pollution will linger in Beijing until at least Thursday,  forecasters said.  (Photo: Xinhua/Li Wen)

Beijing AQI

PM2.5 AQI for Beijing was 413 , indicating a PM2.5 concentration of between 350.5 and 500.4  micrograms per cubic meter (µgm–³), as of posting. (PM10 AQI: 240+; Temp: 2°C ; Range: 0°C to 12°C; Pressure: 1028hpa).

Pollution levels below 15.4µgm–³ (AQI of up to 50) are considered as “safe.”

A formula for calculating the AQI from the concentrations of various air pollutants (PM10, PM2.5, O3, CO, SO2, NO2 …)  is posted HERE.

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2013 Disasters in China Cost about $70B

Posted by feww on February 24, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
HUMAN-ENHANCED NATURAL DISASTERS

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Natural disasters cost China about $70 billion in 2013

Droughts and deluge, earthquakes and typhoons cost China about $70 billion in 2013, nearly twice the total in 2012.

The National Statistics Bureau reported flooding and mudslides cost China about $32billion in 2013, an increase of nearly 11 percent on  previous year, said Reuters.

Damage from droughts nearly quadrupled to about $15billion, while storm surges, snowfall and freezes cost an additional $7 billion.

Seismic disasters, primarily the deadly Sichuan Earthquake, added more than $16 billion to the total.

[For a comprehensive listing of disasters in China search blog content.]

China is the world’s biggest energy-related CO2 emitter (23.6% in 2009), and 2nd biggest cumulative energy-related CO2 emitter during the 158-year period between 1850 and 2008, accounting for about 9.37 % of the total.

Top Ten cumulative energy-related CO2 emitters (1850 – 2008)
1. The United States (28.56 %)
2. China (9.37%)
3. Russia (7.98%)
4. Germany (6.77%)
5. United Kingdom (5.78%)
6. Japan (3.94%)
7. France (2.75%)
8. India (2.53%)
9. Canada (2.18%)
10. Ukraine (2.14%)

Seawater intrusion affecting 2 million people in Shanghai

Meanwhile, CNTV reported:

Seawater is causing problems for two million people in Shanghai. The city is enduring its longest-lasting salt tide in more than 20 years. As of this morning, the salt tide intrusion has already lasted for 21 days, the longest since 1993. Shanghai is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The intrusion occurs periodically, especially in winter and spring when the Yangtze water level is relatively low. High salt levels in water is harmful to people’s health, machinery, and crops. Shanghai’s water authorities say the reservoir built in 1993 can only hold a ten-day water supply. They’ve established a comprehensive plan to coordinate the city’s waterworks and appealed to the national government for support.

Chen Guoguang, senior engineer of Water Supply Distribution & Monitoring Center, said, “Together with the previous two salt tides, the intrusion this time is causing huge harm to our water safety. The whole process isn’t expected to end until early next month.”

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Hazardous Smog Continues Choking N China

Posted by feww on February 24, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
‘APOCALYPTIC SMOG’
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Life-threatening smog choking N China won’t disperse anytime soon

 The potentially deadly smog is forecast to continue for at least three more days in Beijng, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi, and Shaanxi provinces in north China, said the National Meteorological Center.

Beijing was finally placed on “orange alert”  for the first time on Friday. Municipal authorities have ordered manufacturing plants in the city to suspend or reduce production, and barbecues are disallowed, Xinhua reported.

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Beijing AQI

PM2.5 AQI for Beijing was 411 , indicating a PM2.5 concentration of between 350.5 and 500.4  micrograms per cubic meter (µgm–³), as of posting. (Temp: 7°C ; range -1 ° to 10°. Pressure: 1025hpa).

Pollution levels below 15.4µgm–³ (AQI of up to 50) are considered as “safe.”

A formula for calculating the AQI from the concentrations of various air pollutants (PM10, PM2.5, O3, CO, SO2, NO2 …)  is posted HERE.

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Beijing 398

Posted by feww on February 23, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
APOCALYPTIC SMOG
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KILL the SMOG or EVACUATE Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Liaoning, Shanxi, Shaanxi… before you run out of options!!

“Apocalyptic smog” smothered large parts of central, northern, northeastern and eastern China for the third consecutive day, reportedly prompting the Ministry of Environmental Protection to send 12 inspection teams to Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and surrounding areas to check the response to the pollution (!)

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Beijing AQI.  Source: waqi. info

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Smog and Mirrors in Beijing

Posted by feww on February 16, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
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Beijing issues a mere “blue alert” amid persistent toxic air pollution

The latest round of dense  smog in Beijing has now lasted several days, showing little sign of abating and triggering public criticism over the municipal government’s inaction, said a report.

“Blue” is the lowest of  a four-tier alert system indicating the severity of air pollution.

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Source: waqi. info

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Toxic Brown SEA. Source: waqi. info

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Air Pollution Chart based on EPA recommendations.

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Forest Fires Rage Out of Control in Sichuan, SW China

Posted by feww on February 16, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
RAGING FOREST FIRES
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What little forest left …

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Photo dated February 15, 2014 shows a forest fire raging out of control on a mountain in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Source: Xinhua/Cheng Xueli

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“Breathtaken” Beijing Brown

Posted by feww on January 16, 2014

THE TWILIGHT ZONE
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Beijing air pollution zooms off the chart AGAIN!

Do NOT Adjust Your Sets! This time there’s no glitch or system error; it’s pure, unadulterated smog!

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Beijing Air Pollution Chart: Near Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI). Source: http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/

The PM2.5 pollution in Beijing rocketed off the chart again earlier today, hitting the 614 mark, as dense smog enveloped the entire city.

A health alert is issued at a level above 300 because the pollution becomes hazardous to health, and everyone may experience serious health effects.

Last year Beijing reported 58 days of mega pollution, an average of more than one day each week, according to an official, Xinhua reported.

This year, sky is no limit!

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Air Pollution Chart based on EPA recommendations.

The twilight zone is the line between the day side and night side of a planetary body, also referred to as the terminator.

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Original caption: Buildings are blanketed in heavy smog in Beijing, capital of China, 16, 2014. The municipal government issued a yellow smog alert Thursday morning, as smog blanketed the city with air quality readings reaching the most polluted level. (Xinhua/Li Xin). More images…

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“Apocalyptic” Smog Smothers China

Posted by feww on January 14, 2014

Beijing Air Pollution Pattern Goes Binary

Beijing Near Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) is switching between “unhealthy” and “off-the-chart hazardous.”

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Beijing Air Pollution Chart: Near Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI). Source: http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/

Dense Smog Envelopes Central China

Meantime, dense smog enveloped Wuhan city, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province.

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Original Caption: Cars move in the fog on a road in Wuhan City, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, Jan. 14, 2014. The local meteorologic center issued an orange alert for fog on Tuesday [morning.] (Xinhua/Cheng Min). More images…

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2013 Disasters Affected Third of China

Posted by feww on December 28, 2013

GLOBAL DISASTERS 2013

Human-enhanced natural disasters affected 390 million people across China 

Some 390 million people  across the country, or about 30 percent of China’s population, were affected by [human-enhanced] natural disasters, which left at least 1,181 people dead, 431 others missing [and possibly thousands injured] and resulted in direct economic losses of about 593 billion yuan (US$98 billion), according to an annual report issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) on Friday, Xinhua reported.

“The National Committee for Disaster Reduction and the MCA have issued 49 warning or emergency responses in response to various disasters, and a total of 10.1 billion yuan (US$1.7 billion) in disaster relief funds was allocated by the central authorities this year,” the report said.

The ministry has also promised to protect “615,000 graves of revolutionary martyrs and 12,000 memorial facilities for them,” the report quoted an official as saying.

-oOo-

China Formally Eases One Child Policy after 30 Years

China’s top legislature passed a resolution easing the country’s one-child policy on Saturday following a six-day meeting , Xinhua reported.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed a resolution allowing couples to have two children provided either parent is an only child.

NPC also adopted a proposal to abolish “re-education” through labor camps, said the state news agency.

China introduced its one-child policy in the late 1970s to curtail rapid population growth. However, the policy has reportedly become increasingly unpopular because the country’s aging population is both reducing the labor pool and burdening elderly care systems.

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Mass Evacuations in Chinese Island Floods

Posted by feww on December 16, 2013

EXTREME RAIN EVENT

150,000 people forced to flee their homes in Hainan, S. China

Extreme Rain Events have triggered severe flooding swamping villages and townships in south China’s Hainan Province since Friday, local authorities said on Sunday, reported Xinhua.

Total rainfall of about 510 mm fell on parts of Wanning City in Hainan, with an average of 300 mm in eight townships surrounding the city, said the report.

Authorities used speedboats to evacuate local residents from inundated areas.

“Hainan Meteorological Service said the rain is expected to last through Monday in the east of the province. It said the weather poses challenges for rescue work and warned of floods and landslides in rain-battered areas.”

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Original caption: Local residents tansport belongings in a flooded area in Wanning City, south China’s Hainan Province, Dec. 15, 2013. Heavy rain continued to hit Wanning City from Friday night to Sunday. A total of 80,000 residents have been transferred to safe regions. (Xinhua/Zhang Yongfeng). More images…

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Disaster Toll for China in November

Posted by feww on December 12, 2013

Disasters affected 5+ million people across China in November: Officials

[Human-enhanced] natural disasters across China left 330,000 people displaced, dozens dead, and an unknown number of others injured in November, according to official figures.

Official Toll

  • Number of People Affected: More than five million
  • Displaced: 330,000
  • Fatalities: 24
  • Injured: Not known
  • No. of homes destroyed or damaged: 255,000 dwellings
  • Crop area affected: 661,900 hectars (ha)
  • Cropland destroyed: 67,600 ha
  • Direct economic losses:  6.81 billion yuan ($1.12 billion)

Source: the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction/via Xinhua.

“Natural disasters last month were mainly earthquakes and typhoons, while droughts, floods and snowstorms also played their part. The overall damages were heavier than those from the same period last year,” the report said.

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“Apocalyptic” Smog Paralyzes Much of China

Posted by feww on December 6, 2013

Closed or Cancelled: Dozens of Highways, hundreds of flights and long-distance buses, thousands of schools…

Severe smog, which began engulfing northern, central and eastern regions of China on Wednesday, is forecast to persist through the weekend.

Shanghai’s PM2.5 pollution soared to 590 micrograms per cubic meter, about than 30 times the limit recommended by the World Health Organization. Xuhui District recorded pollution levels of about 602.4 micrograms per cubic meter, said Xinhua.

Shanghai (population: 25 million) is the most populated city in China and the largest city proper by population in the world.

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Shanghai’s skyline Thursday morning.  Severe smog has reduced visibility to dangerously low levels disrupting rail, air, water and road transportation. (source: People’s Daily Online/Wang Chu). More images…

Nanjing (population: 8.2 million), the capital of Jiangsu Province, issued a “red alert” on Wednesday after color of the sky turned mustard yellow. The PM10 pollution level was 413 (from a peak of 467) with PM2.5 at 397 (peak of 462), as of posting.

Social media users in China described the environment in deserted cities with the sky turning pale yellow as “apocalyptic,” reported Reuters.

Meantime, visibility reduced to less than 50 meters in many places, forcing highways to shut in east China’s Jiangxi Province on Thursday morning. Xinhua said its reporter had seen thousands of drivers stranded on the Changdong Highway in Nanchang (population: 5.3 million), the capital of Jiangxi Province.

“Twenty-five provincial-level regions have been suffering smoggy weather, including the cities of Hangzhou and Nanjing, according to the National Meteorological Center,” reported Xinhua.

[China has 34 provincial level divisions, classified as 22 provinces, 4 municipalities, 5 autonomous regions, 2 Special Administrative Regions, and the claimed Taiwan Province.]

In October, smog forced the shutdown of Harbin, one of northeastern China’s largest cities, as Visibility dropped to under 10 meters.

PM2.5 concentration of about 15 – 25 micrograms per cubic meter pose little or no risk, according to the World Health Organization.

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“Apocalyptic” Smog Turns Skies Yellow in North, East China

Posted by feww on December 5, 2013

Choking smog engulfs much of east and north China, forcing school closures in at least two cities

Nanjing (population: 8.2 million), the capital of Jiangsu Province, issued a “red alert” after color of the sky turned mustard yellow. The PM10 pollution level was 467 (from a peak of 502) with PM2.5 at 433 (peak of 498), as of posting.

“The National Meteorological Center on Thursday renewed a yellow alert for fog and smog as dense air continued to choke eastern and northern provinces, including Shandong, Hebei, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangxi. The yellow alert is the third highest in China’s four-level alert system,” said a report.

Social media users in China described the environment in deserted cities with the sky turning pale yellow as “apocalyptic,” reported Reuters.

Meantime, visibility reduced to less than 50 meters in many places, forcing highways to shut in east China’s Jiangxi Province on Thursday morning. Xinhua said its reporter had seen thousands of drivers stranded on the Changdong Highway in Nanchang (population: 5.3 million), the capital of Jiangxi Province.

In October, smog forced the shutdown of Harbin, one of northeastern China’s largest cities, as Visibility dropped to under 10 meters.

PM2.5 concentration of about 15 – 25 micrograms per cubic meter pose little or no risk, according to the World Health Organization.

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Shanghai Air Pollution Shoots Off the Chart

Posted by feww on December 2, 2013

Severe smog fills the air in China’s financial hub Shanghai

Shanghai’s air pollution index for PM2.5 rose above the hazardous level, hitting a maximum of 350, on Monday as smog shrouded the sky, according to various monitoring stations.

PM2.5 concentration of about 25 micrograms per cubic meter pose little or no risk, according to the World Health Organization, however, the reading for the particulate in Shanghai climbed to 14 times the “acceptable” volume on Monday.

“Shanghai saw deteriorating air quality over the weekend. The AQI index rose above 230 on Sunday, when the city held its annual Shanghai International Marathon,” said a report.

The marathon took place  despite the heavy pollution, said the report, with some participants wearing masks.

In Beijing the pollution index for PM2.5 rose to 269 Monday morning.

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Typhoon HAIYAN Strikes Northern Vietnam Near China Border

Posted by feww on November 11, 2013

Deadly HAIYAN makes landfall in northern Vietnam as a Cat. 1 storm

The once super typhoon was downgraded to a severe tropical storm as of posting, but was expected to dump up to 400mm of rain on parts of northern Vietnam and southern China.

Vietnam had reportedly evacuated about 900,000 people from coastal areas including 600,000 from the country’s northern region. China has  issued a typhoon alert for Hainan island, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.

The typhoon had earlier swept over Vietnam’s Con Co island, forcing the residents to evacuated to underground shelter(!)

HAIYAN has already killed about a dozen people in Vietnam.

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Severe Tropical Storm HAIYAN.
IR/Water Vapor Difference [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image (recorded at 00:30UTC on November 11, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

The once Super Typhoon, HAIYAN has now transformed into a “rain machine,” expected to dump up to 400mm of rain over parts of northern Vietnam and southern China.

This post would be updated throughout the day, if further news becomes available.

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Insane India?

Posted by feww on November 5, 2013

India launches a rocket to Mars

Critics of India’s Mars mission, which cost the country 4.5 billion-rupee ($73 million), say India can ill-afford to spend any money on space programs when about 70 percent of the nation’s 1.2 billion people live on less than $2 a day.

India’s Prime Minister Singh says he’s counting on the space program to yield technological advances that boost his country’s development prospects.

“Questions are sometimes asked about whether a poor country like India can afford a space program and whether the funds spent on space exploration, albeit modest, could be better utilized elsewhere,” said Singh last year. “This misses the point that a nation’s state of development is finally a product of its technological prowess.”

“India is home to poor people but it’s also an emerging economy, it’s a middle-income country, it’s a member of the G20. What is hard for people to get their head around is that we are home to poverty but also a global power,” chief executive of Oxfam in India told Bbc.

“We are not really one country but two in one. And we need to do both things: contribute to global knowledge as well as take care of poor people at home.”

It would be interesting to find out the cost of upkeep of Oxfam in India as a percentage of total funds donated!

Space Program Annual Expenditures

  • India:  $1.5 billion
  • Japan: $3.3 billion
  • Untied States: $17.9 billion

Mars Mission Stats

  • Japan’s mission to send a satellite to orbit the Red Planet failed in 1998.
  • China’s probe to Mars was destroyed in 2011.
  • About 50 percent of all attempts to reach Mars have failed.
  • India and China became competitors in the space race in the late 1990s.
  • The 780-million km journey to Mars would take about 300 days.

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Earthquakes Destroy or Damage Thousands of Homes in NE China

Posted by feww on November 1, 2013

Quakes injure a dozen people, but cause much devastation in Jilin Province, NE China

Two moderate earthquakes, measuring magnitudes 5.5 and 5.0 respectively, struck Songyuan City in NE China’s Jillin Province Thursday morning local time, destroying at least 55 homes and damaging more than 4,100 others, said a report.

The larger of the two quakes was centered at 44.6ºN, 124.2ºE, according to the country’s Earthquake Networks Center.

Local officials have relocated more than 14,400 residents in Chaganhua Town, the report said.

“Telecommunications have been cut off in Dongbaiyinhua Village, located at the quake’s epicenter, according to an officer from Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County.”

The cost of damage and associated economic losses have been estimated at about 130 million yuan ($21.33 million).

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Original Caption: Rescuers set up tents at a temporary shelter in quake-hit Qian’an County of Songyuan City, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Nov. 1, 2013. Two earthquakes, 5.5-magnitude and 5.0-magnitude respectively, jolted Songyuan City of Jilin Province Thursday morning, leaving at least 12 people injured and many houses damaged. The Jilin provincial government has allotted 10 million yuan (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars) in disaster relief funds to the quake-hit region. Relief teams have also been sent there. A shipment of 1,100 tents, 1,000 quilts and 100 folding beds has been sent to the area. Bottled water, bread and instant noodles are being given out to quake victims.(Xinhua/Zhang Nan). More images…

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FIRE-EARTH Supports China’s Claim to Diaoyu Islands

Posted by feww on October 29, 2013

China’s Claim to Diaoyu Islands 100 percent valid

FIRE-EARTH moderators believe China has historical and therefore legal rights, as well as the moral obligation to reclaim the Diaoyu Islands.

The Diaoyu Islands (Chinese: 钓鱼岛及其附属岛屿, or 钓鱼岛) in Mainland China, also known as the Senkaku Islands (尖閣諸島), or Tiaoyutai Islands (Chinese: 釣魚台列嶼) in Taiwan or the Pinnacle Islands, are a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea due east of Mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern tail of the Ryukyu Islands.

Records of the islands date back to early 15th century. The Japanese government annexed the islands on 14 January 1895, naming them Senkaku.

The Potsdam Declaration or the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender

On July 26, 1945 the United States, Britain and China released the Potsdam Declaration announcing the terms for Japan’s surrender, with the warning, “We will not deviate from them. There are no alternatives. We shall brook no delay.” The terms of the declaration specified, among others

  • “Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.”
  • “We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction.”

FIRE-EARTH rejects Japan’s manufactured history of the islands.

Japan’s continued illegitimate claims to the island, and the threat of using military force is nothing short of an act of war.

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China’s Air Quality Chart Goes Apesh*t Again

Posted by feww on October 28, 2013

Beijing entombed by mega smog, AGAIN

The Beijing Weather Station issued a “yellow haze alert,” the country’s third highest alert level, warning of serious air pollution and very low visibility on Monday, October 28, 2013.

Beijing’s air quality remained at “Hazardous” level with the pollution index climbing to 424 on Monday at 21:00 local time.

[Hazardous Air Pollution - Mandatory Health Alert: Everyone may experience more serious health effects]

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Beijing’s air quality index (AQI) climbed to 424 on Monday at 21:00. In several other populous municipalities the index climbed to as high as 824. Source: http://aqicn.org/

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Dense smog fills the daytime air in Chang’an Avenue, downtown Beijing, China, October 28, 2013. (Source: news.xinhuanet.com/CFP).

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Air Pollution Levels Climb in China, India

Posted by feww on October 27, 2013

Another off-the-chart day for air pollution in China and India

Beijing’s air quality turned “Hazardous” with the pollution index climbing to 385 on Sunday at 21:00 local time.

[Hazardous Air Pollution - Mandatory Health Alert: Everyone may experience more serious health effects]

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Beijing’s air quality index (AQI) climbed to 385 on Sunday at 21:00. In several other populous municipalities the index climbed to between 660 and 700. Source: http://aqicn.org/

India: a “gang-rape” of different kind

In the Indian capital of New Delhi, it was a “gang-rape” of different kind as the pollution index reached 999.

New Delhi air pollution

New Delhi again reported the worst level of air pollution anywhere in the world today, with index climbing to 999.  Source: http://aqicn.org/

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