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Floods Affect Millions in China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam

Posted by feww on August 1, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people left homeless

China
Flooring and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have severely affected more than one million people in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“Continuous rainfall has flooded 31 counties under 11 cities, with two people missing and 53,100 evacuated as of 4 p.m. Friday, according to the regional civil affairs department,” said a report.

The extreme weather events have damaged about 38,000 hectares of crops and destroyed 2,016 houses, with direct economic losses estimated at 343 million yuan (55 million U.S. dollars), said the report.

Myanmar

Up to 30 people killed by flooding and landslides.
About 120,000 severely affected.
About 525,000 acres of paddy fields have been flooded.
Several towns and villages completely submerged by floodwater.
“In Sagaing and Mandalay regions as well as Kachin and Shan states, the floods destroyed more than 17,000 houses, affecting nearly 100,000 people,” the official China news agency reported.

Pakistan

Floods have killed dozen of people in Pakistan and left about a third of a million severely affected. Hundreds of villages have been completely inundated, with thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

Afghanistan
“Heavy rains and flood hit Kofab district last night and besides killing six people including women and children also washed away or badly damaged more than 120 houses there,” said a government official..

Vietnam

Floods and landslides triggered by extrme rain events in northern Vietnam have left dozens of people dead, and caused severe damage to property and public infrastructure, especially in Quang Ninh province, about 120 km east of the capital Hanoi, reports said.

 

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China Shares Tumble 8.5% on Growth Concerns

Posted by feww on July 27, 2015

Roller coaster ride continues for Chinese shares

A sell-off toward the end of the trading day Monday has sent shares in mainland China tumbling down by a record 8.5 percent, its biggest fall since February 2007.

The Shanghai Composite closed down 8.5 percent, a fraction above 3,725, as more weak economic data on the world’s second largest economy made investors jittery.

Data released on Friday showed that factory activity this month was at its worst since April 2014.

On Monday, new data showed that profit at China’s industrial firms had dropped 0.3% in June from last year, forcing at least 1,500 stocks listed on Shanghai and Shenzhen markets  to nosedive by 10 percent—their allowed maximum daily limit.

Chinese investors ought to be told that the “American dream” is a big scam because it’s neither morally nor ecologically sustainable.

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Back to Back Rainstorms Destroy Thousands of Homes in China

Posted by feww on July 23, 2015

Deadly storms destroy homes, crops and infrastructure in central and southern China

Extreme weather events continue to wreak havoc across vast swathes of central and southern China, destroying homes, crops and public infrastructure.

Back-to-back storms have affected about a million people, forcing 150,000 to flee their homes in several Chinese provinces, reported the official Xinhua news.

“In central China’s Hunan Province, more than 9,000 people have been relocated since a rainstorm started on Wednesday, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.”

At least four people have died and another five are missing after in Liancheng County, eastern Fujian Province, after severe flooding swamped the streets and cut off power, early Wednesday, said the report.

More than 60,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed or damaged.

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Drought, Deluge, Heat Alert and a Billion-Dollar Typhoon

Posted by feww on July 13, 2015

China Issues Heat Alert

A heatwave was forecast to hit central, eastern and northern China with temperatures rising to as much as 40 degrees Celsius, said The National Meteorological Center (NMC), Reported Xinhua, the country’s official news agency.

“Since mid-May, some northern regions have been suffering from drought due to continued hot weather. Miyun Reservoir, one of Beijing’s major water sources, has shrunk about 39 percent over the past year,” said the report.

“The upcoming heat wave will even worsen the drought. Local governments should work to reduce its impact on agricultural production,” said the weather observatory in China.

Meanwhile, Typhoon CHAN-HOM dumped as much as 322 mm of rain on parts of eastern China, affecting at least 1.92 million people in nine cities, including more than 1.11 million who were evacuated, said the report.

CHAN-HOM  caused direct economic losses of about a billion dollars, according to the provincial flood control and drought prevention HQ.

“The worst hit sector is agriculture with economic losses of 3.62 billion yuan, because the typhoon coincided with the picking period of vegetables and melons and wrecked havoc on agricultural facilities,” said the HQ.

Water level in many rivers and lakes are still above the warning lines, with more damaged expected from potential floods and mudslides.

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Typhoon CHAN-HOM Approaching E China Coast

Posted by feww on July 11, 2015

Powerful typhoon forces 900,000 evacuations in East China

CHAN-HOM is forecast to land between Sanmen and Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province Saturday afternoon, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

At 5.00 am local time on Saturday,  the typhoon was located about 185 kilometers from Xiangshan County in Ningbo, with sustained winds of 187 km/hr [gusting to a maximum of 225 km/hr,] and was moving northwestward at 20 km/hr.

The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rains to Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Fujian, and Taiwan, said NMC.

[CHAN-HOM could trigger widespread, potentially deadly flooding and devastating landslides. FEWW]

Authorities in China have evacuated about 900,000 people in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang ahead of Typhoon CHAN-HOM, the second typhoon to hit China in two days, official Xinhua reported.

The evacuations began after NMC issued a red alert, their highest level, on Friday morning.

About29,000 ships and fishing boats were recalled to port Friday, and hundreds of flights into and out of the region were cancelled, said the report.

Several coastal cities were already reporting heavy rains and strong gales on Friday, officials said.

CHAN-HOM could be the strongest typhoon in 66 years to land in Zhejiang, said the NMC.

Typhoon LINFA, the first of three typhoons headed for eastern China, made landfall on Thursday in the southern province of Guangdong, bringing torrential rain and flash flooding to the area.

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Quake Destroys 3,000 Homes in China (Update)

Posted by feww on July 3, 2015

M6.5 quake kills at least 6 people, injures dozens, destroys 3,000 houses

Centered at 37.6N, 78.2E the quake struck at a depth of about 10km, said China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), reported Xinhua.

The quake occurred in Pishan County, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, destroying about 3,000 homes and disrupting communications, said the report.

The main shock was followed by at least 4 significant aftershocks measuring between 4.4Mw and 4.8Mw, according to USGS/EHP, as of posting.

Other quakes most probably related to this event include:

  • M5.4, 22km ENE of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan 2015-07-02 0at 7:18:24 UTC depth=10.0km
  • M5.8, 246km E of Port Blair, India 2015-07-03 at 03:16:35 UTC depth=10.0km

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Xinjiang, China

Posted by feww on July 3, 2015

M6.5 quake kills at least 4 people, injures dozens in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Centered at 37.6N, 78.2E the quake occurred at a depth of about 10km, said China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), reported Xinhua.

The quake occurred in Pishan County, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, destroying or damaging homes and disrupting communications, said the report.

The main shock was followed by at least 4 significant aftershocks measuring between 4.4Mw and 4.8Mw, according to USGS/EHP, as of posting.

Other quakes most probably related to this event include:

  • M5.4, 22km ENE of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan 2015-07-02 0at 7:18:24 UTC depth=10.0km
  • M5.8, 246km E of Port Blair, India 2015-07-03 at 03:16:35 UTC depth=10.0km

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Massive destruction in China caused by rainstorms

Posted by feww on June 22, 2015

Extreme rain events (EREs) destroy tens of thousands of homes in China

Mega disasters caused by rainstorms, flooding and landslides have affected millions of people across large swathes of southern, southwestern and central China, leaving scores of people dead, injured, or missing and about 500,000 others homeless, since early June.

“As of Wednesday [June 17, 2015,] the rainstorms that began pelting southern China on Sunday [June 13, 2015,] had left at least 42 dead and 36 missing,” causing direct economic loss of “2.04 billion yuan (298.68 million U.S. dollars).”

Extreme rain events (EREs) have affected more than 1.43 million people in the flooded provinces of Guangxi, Sichuan, Guangdong, Jiangxi and Fujian, said a report.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-06/17/c_13354477.htm

Southern China has received “14 rounds of heavy rainfall since June 13th,” which have triggered severe flooding and landslides, the Ministry of Water Resources have said.

“Over 100,000 residents have been evacuated in hardest-hit Fujian, Sichuan, and Guangdong provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Resulting floods have damaged more than 7,000 houses… The situation remains serious as rainstorms are to continue battering most regions in southern China for the next three days.”
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/video/2010-06/17/c_13355065.htm

“The death toll from rain-triggered landslides and flooding in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has climbed to 51 with two people still missing, the local government said Saturday.”

“In Rongxian County of Yulin City alone, 30 people were confirmed dead after rain-triggered landslides buried several homes in two mountainside villages on Tuesday, the county’s emergency rescue headquarters said in a press release.

“A similar disaster killed at least a dozen people in Cenxian County, where rescue work was continuing Saturday. Heavy rain and subsequent floods and landslides had hit 42 counties in nine cities including Laibin, Yulin and Wuzhou this week,” the regional flood prevention and drought control office said, Xinhua reported.

At least 11,000 houses have been destroyed, “forcing 200,000 people to evacuate,” the report said.

“As of Saturday, rain-triggered disasters have destroyed 15 reservoirs and about 4,000 irrigation facilities,” the office said.

“Guangxi’s grain output would be down by about 150,850 tonnes.”
http://english.cntv.cn/20100605/101502.shtml

“Six people were killed and two more missing after rainstorms caused 1,500 houses to collapse in central China’s Hunan Province Tuesday, local authorities said.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-06/08/c_13340296.htm

“Classes for 65,000 schoolchildren have been suspended and more than 165,000 people have been evacuated as strong rains pounded south China, local authorities said Saturday. Heavy rains since Friday have swept across 36 counties and cities in Hunan Province, destroying more than 2,000 buildings … and damaging more than 10,000 homes.”

“The new round of heavy rains starting Friday also caused havoc in east China’s Jiangxi Province. Apart from causing one death, 44,600 more people were forced to evacuate,” said the Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

“Also in Jiangxi, 1,531 homes were damaged, and the direct economic losses were estimated at 718 million yuan (about 105.59 million U.S.dollars), the provincial headquarters said.”

“The new round of heavy rains also pounded east China’s two other regions of Shanghai and Zhejiang Province, but there were no details of damages.”
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/22/c_13309748.htm

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China Plagued by Serious Air and Groundwater Pollution

Posted by feww on June 6, 2015

Most of China’s underground water unfit for human contact

An official report on China’s state of environment during 2014, released by the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection,  reveals “serious air and groundwater pollution,” said a report.

More than 90 percent of Chinese cities monitored for air quality failed to meet the standard for PM2.5 pollution.

Acid rain was detected in nearly a third of 470 cities monitored last year.

About 62% of nearly 5,000 stations monitored for water quality contained “poor” or “extremely poor” water. And only 10.8 percent of the monitored sites passed the pollution tests.

About one-third of surface water and nearly two-thirds of groundwater were found to be unfit for human contact.

“There was almost no shallow groundwater of Grade I quality [in 2013] and only sporadic existence of groundwater at Grade II-III quality, putting the amount of groundwater at unfit for human touch at 77.8%. Deep groundwater fared only slightly better at 73.55%,” said a report. [The figures are not comparable, possibly due to reporting errors or omissions.]

  • Groundwater in the ‘very bad’ category in 2014 increased to 16.1% from 15.7% in 2013.
  • Groundwater in “bad” & “very bad” categories increased from 59.6% in 2013 to 61.5% in 2014.

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South China on Alert for Extreme Rain Events

Posted by feww on June 3, 2015

Extreme Rain Events Wreak Havoc across China

Alerts have been issued for rainstorms in south China, said China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC), reported the official news agency Xinhua.

Extreme rain events are forecast for parts of Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou provinces, and Shanghai from Tuesday night to Wednesday, the NMC forecast.

The forecasters have also warned of possible thunderstorms and gales in the alert areas.

Meantime, torrential rains have killed at least 16 people [and affected very large number of others] since last week, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

[The toll does not include the presumed casualties from the cruise ship disaster on Yangtze River. Editor]

“The ministry said on May 25 to 27 and 28 to 31, two heavy rainfalls occurred in the southern part of China, leading to casualties in Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and other provincial regions.”

The extreme rain events have triggered multiple disasters including floods, landslides and mudslides leaving three people missing, the report said.

Extreme rain events over May 29-30 of May, combined with strong wind and large hail, hit parts of Northwest and North China, affecting almost 420,000 people, said the MCA.

Record Rainfall

Rainstorms have been pounding large parts of south China since May 4, breaking a 40-year rainfall record, said NMC.

[Between May 4 and 23] south China received about 200mm of rain, some 74 percent higher than the long-term average, said NMC.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – June 2, 2015

Posted by feww on June 2, 2015

Hundreds missing as Chinese ship capsizes on Yangtze

A cruise ship carrying 458 people capsized on Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China’s Hubei Province, teh official Xinuhua reported

The ship named Dongfangzhixing, or Eastern Star, sank after being caught in a cyclone, said the report.

“Carrying 406 passengers, five travel agency workers and 47 crew members, the ship was heading from Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, for southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality.”

Officials say at least 15 people survived the disaster, including the captain and the chief engineer. Some of the survivors were found inside the ship’s submerged hull.

MERS deaths stokes fear in South Korea

An outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea has infected at least 24 people, killing two of the victims and stoking fear among Seoul residents.

MERS in China

China’s first confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient is currently quarantined in Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, said reports.

“A man from the Republic of Korea (ROK) tested positive for MERS in Guangdong last Friday. He is being treated at Huizhou Municipal Central Hospital and is still feverish,” health officials said, Xinhua reported.

Reported Cases Worldwide

About 1,200 cases of the virus have been reported worldwide with at least 481 fatalities, said the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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India Home to 194 Million Hungry People—Highest Number Globally

Posted by feww on May 28, 2015

Hungry: 795 million people, or one in nine—UN Hunger Report

India is home to the highest number of hungry people in the world, at 194 million, surpassing China, says the United Nations annual hunger report.

The number of hungry people in China are 133.8 million in 2014-15, says the report.

Countries with more than 40 percent of the populations undernourished:

Zambia: 7.4 million people or 47.8 % of the population
Central African Republic: 2.3 million or 47.7 %
Namibia: 1 million or
42.3 %
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: 10.5 million or 41.6 %

The number of hungry people globally has declined from about 1 billion 1990 to about 795 million this year, despite a surge in population growth, according to the report.

However, the Moderators were unable to independently verify the figures in the United Nations’ annual hunger report, which is published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program.

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Chinese Air Passenger Numbers Continue Climbing

Posted by feww on April 6, 2015

“Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!” —Henry David Thoreau

831.5 Million air passengers passed through China’s airports in 2014: CAAC

Chinese air travelers made 831.5 million air journeys in 2014, a rise of 10.2 percent year on year, according to the official data provided by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), reported Xinhua.

  • Domestic flights: 760.6 million (up 10.1 percent year on year)
  • International flights: 70.9 million (up 11.7 percent)

About 28.3 percent of all passengers passed through Airports in the three megacities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, according to the data.

“The Beijing Capital International Airport became the nation’s busiest airport, registering more than 86.1 million trips in 2014, up 2.9 percent,” said the report.

Meantime, the amount of cargo transported by air increased to 13.6 million tons, up 7.8 percent year on year.

By the end of 2014, some 202 airports were operating in China, with 200 offering regular flights, according to CAAC.

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Floods Devastate Communities in China, Chile, Peru

Posted by feww on April 5, 2015

Extreme rain events and hail storms since Friday have damaged about 20,000 hectares of crops in 52 towns and villages in central China’s Hunan Province, affecting up to 240,000 people, and leaving more than 12,000 displaced as of Saturday evening, reported Xinhua.

In the east China’s Jiangxi Province, torrential rains have battered 54 cities and counties as of Saturday,”with some towns flooded and a highway landslide reported on Saturday afternoon. Icy roads have caused several bus accidents in the province,” said the report.

Scores Dead or Missing in Chile Floods

Widespread flash floods and mudslides, triggered by the heaviest rainfall in 80 years, have killed dozens of people, left more than a 100 missing and displaced thousands of others in Chile’s Atacama region.

The extreme weather events have affected tens of thousands of people across the region which reportedly includes the world’s driest desert.

“Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world’s top copper exporter, to suspend operations,” IBT reported.

Peru Declares a State of Emergency

Record rains have also triggered major mudslides in eastern Peru, killing or injuring dozens of people, and leaving at least a dozen others missing.

President Humala of Peru has declared a state of emergency in the region east of the capital Lima that has been affected by the deadly mudslides.

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China Spring Madness Passenger Numbers Don’t Add Up!

Posted by feww on March 17, 2015

“China’s chunyun passengers up 3.5 pct ” —Xinhua

According to our back-of-the-envelope calculation, more than 3.7 billion passenger trips were made during China’s 2015 Spring Festival, “Chunyun,” which began on February 4 and concluded on Sunday, March 16.

Our figure reflects a reported rise of 3.5% over previous year, a total of 3.6 billion passenger trips in 2014.

However, our figure apparently doesn’t tally with the official statistics provided by China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT), as reported by Xinhua.

“China’s chunyun passengers up 3.5 pct to 2.81 bln” —Xinhua

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/16/c_134071300.htm
English.news.cn 2015-03-16 18:35:35

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese railways, roads, airlines and waterways carried a total of 2.81 billion passengers during the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, known as “chunyun,” which concluded on Sunday.

The figure represented a 3.5-percent rise over the corresponding period last year, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Monday.

Chunyun has been called the world’s largest human migration.

A total of 2.42 billion passengers traveled on roads, while 295 million chose to travel by rail, according to the MOT, adding that passengers on waterways reached 42.84 million.

Airlines carried nearly 49.2 million passengers, up 11.7 percent, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Monday. Airlines operated 360,000 flights during the period, up 9.3 percent. With a combined average of 1.91 million seats available each day, the airlines comfortably met demand. On both Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, the airlines carried more than 1.35 million passengers, an all-time daily high, according to the CAAC.

“Bittersweet travel period comes to an end” —Xinhua

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/24/c_133139890.htm
English.news.cn 2014-02-24 21:09:54

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — The world’s largest human migration came to an end on Monday, the last day of China’s 40-day bittersweet travel period.

As many as 3.6 billion trips were made during “chunyun” this year, the travel period around the Spring Festival, which started on Jan. 16.

About 266 million train trips were made, up 12 percent from a year ago. Journeys by road, air and water stood at 3.26 billion, 44.07 million and 42 million respectively, said the Ministry of Transport (MOT).

This year’s 3.6 billion trips set a new record.

Since the reform and opening up, migrant workers have shaped chunyun. There were 500 million trips in 1984, 1 billion in 1994, over 2 billion in 2006, and more than 3 billion in 2012. [Emphases are added. Editor]

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‘Chunyun’ Madness: World’s Largest Human Migration

Posted by feww on February 5, 2015

3.74 Billion trips in 40 days!

China’s Spring Festival, “Chunyun,” began on February 4 and will last until March 16, a 40-day travel frenzy period surrounding the Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on February 19 this year.

The world’s most populous country is expected to make billions of trips during the 40-day Chunyun madness, 3.4 percent higher than last year.

In 2014, 3.62 Billion passenger trips were made during the spring madness.

Calculated at an estimated average carbon footprint of 100kg of CO2 per passenger trip, the Chunyun journeys will have produced a total of about 374 million metric tons of CO2.

China’s per capita CO2 emissions was 7.2 metric tons in 2013, surpassing the European Union in pollution levels [per capita 6.8 tons in Europe, 16.4 tons in the U.S. and 1.9 tons in India,] according to a study conducted by the Tyndall Center and the University of Exeter’s College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

The researchers projected global emissions would rise by 2.5 percent in 2014 to a record total of 40 billion tons.

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Blizzards Destroy Homes, Decimate Crops in C. China

Posted by feww on January 31, 2015

Snowstorm wreaks havoc across central China

Lingering winter storms have affected hundreds of thousands of people in central and southwest China provinces of Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou, destroying homes, blocking highways and decimating crops, Xinhua quoted the authorities as saying.

In Hubei Province alone the snowstorm and freezing rains have destroyed at least 188 houses and 28,000 hectares of crops since Tuesday, affecting 336,000 people, 495 of whom were forced to relocate, according to the Department of Civil Affairs of Hubei Province.

Winter storms have also affected Hunan Province, which neighbors Hubei, blocking several highways and cutting vegetable supplies to the cities, said the report.

Guizhou Province in southwest China has also issued warnings for icy roads, following days of freezing rain. “Its traffic and police authorities have initiated emergency responses to ensure traffic flows on highways.”

 

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Air Travel: Environmental Nightmare Worsened in 2014

Posted by feww on January 26, 2015

3 Billion air journeys polluted skies and earth in 2014

More than 3 billion air journeys were taken globally in 2014, although the exact figures are yet to be released.

In 2013, the total number of passengers carried by airlines grew to 3,023,304,482 globally, according to data provided by the World Bank.

U.S. airlines lead the global pack, carrying 743,096,000 passengers (25% of the total), followed by the Chinese with 352,795,296, or 12 percent of the total.

30 Million international passengers carried by Chinese airlines in 2014

Chinese airlines carried more than 30 million international passengers (estimated 200,000 flights) in 2014, up 18 percent year on year, said a senior civil aviation official, Xinhua reported.

Chinese passengers accounted for more than 55 percent of all passengers on the flights between China and the United States, said the report.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) anticipates China’s domestic passenger capacity to rise 10.8 percent in 2015, while the growth rates of China-U.S., China-Europe and China-Asia Pacific flights will be 10 percent, 9 percent and 4 percent respectively, said the report.

Chinese airlines are planning to launch international routes from smaller cities, with foreign low-cost airlines being permitted to join the Chinese civil aviation market, according to the report.

In 1992, Chinese airlines carried a total of 29 million passengers, according to official statistics.

The number rapidly grew to about 120 million in 2004, and more than 320 million in 2012.

Top 25 Flyers in 2013 (and probably 2014) were:

  1. United States: 743,096,000
  2. China: 352,795,296
  3. UK: 118,304,674
  4. Japan 105,913,000
  5. Germany 105,016,346
  6. Brazil: 95,917,212
  7. Ireland: 95,585,497
  8. Indonesia: 85,102,827
  9. India: 75,322,747
  10. Turkey: 74,353,297
  11. Canada: 71,526,726
  12. Australia: 70,883,315
  13. UAE: 69,191,127
  14. France: 66,733,562
  15. Russian Federation: 65,985,276
  16. Malaysia: 46,317,632
  17. Spain: 45,773,340
  18. South Korea: 41,082,568
  19. Thailand: 40,714,384
  20. Mexico: 38,807,595
  21. Hong Kong SAR, China: 34,206,136
  22. Netherlands: 33,249,909
  23. Singapore: 30,554,914
  24. Philippines: 29,308,659
  25. Saudi Arabia: 28,252,104

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Air Travel Nightmare Worsened in 2014

Posted by feww on January 25, 2015

UPDATED

https://feww.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/air-travel-environmental-nightmare-worsened-in-2014/

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‘Breathtaken’ Beijing Besotted by Beastly Smog (AGAIN)

Posted by feww on January 15, 2015

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
APOCALYPTIC SMOG
SCENARIOS 797, 699, 444, 404, 402, 222
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China issues a “yellow alert” as  deadly air pollution lingers in Beijing

Air pollution has again soared to hazardous levels in Beijing since Saturday, reaching nearly 30 times the limit recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Levels of deadly PM2.5 particulates in Beijing climbed to 546 micrograms per cubic meter on Thursday.

A government official in Sichuan Province has blamed the persistent smog on smoking bacon, the traditional method of preserving pork meat and sausages in the region, said the official Xinhua news agency.

However, independent experts put the blame for the city smog squarely on car emissions, construction and industrial production.

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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China’s Glaciers Shrink by 18 Percent

Posted by feww on December 15, 2014

Glaciers in China retreat by 18 pct in 5 decades

China’s glaciers have retreated by about 18 percent since the 1950s, say Chinese scientists, reported Xinhua.

Using data gathered by remote sensing between 2006 and 2010, the scientist calculated 48,571 glaciers covering 51,840km² in the western China, the report quoted the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as saying. CAS released its second catalog of the country’s glaciers on Saturday.

“An average of 243.7 square km of glacial ice had disappeared every year over the past half century, according to the survey by the CAS Cold and Arid Regions Research Institute.

“The worst shrink was detected on the Altai Mountains located in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Gangdise Mountain in the Tibet Autonomous Region, with retreat hitting 37.2 percent and 32.7 percent respectively over the past five decades,” said the report.

“Major glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, especially the east part of Gangdise as well as the southern and western Himalayas were melting at the most rapid pace, with areas shrinking by 2.2 percent every year, according to the survey.”

Unfortunately, the report didn’t include the decadal rate of retreat for comparison purposes.

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Photo taken on Dec. 19, 2011 shows the shrinking Puruo Gangri glacier, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. According to the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and surrounding areas have shrunk by 15 percent from 53,000 to 45,000 square kilometers over the past three decades. (Xinhua/Chogo). More images…

However, in May 2014, “a state laboratory director with the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of CAS,” was reported as saying that glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau had been shrinking since the 20th century, and that the rate of retreat had accelerated since the 1990s.

“More and bigger cracks have appeared in ice at regions of an altitude above 6,300 meters in Mount Qomolangma, a sign of rapidly melting glaciers,” Xinhua reported him as saying.

“Southwest China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the major source of the country’s largest rivers, has seen its glaciers shrink rapidly over the past 30 years,” Xinhua reported CAS as saying in May 2014.

CAS stated that glaciers on the plateau and surrounding areas had shrunk by 15 percent from 53,000 to 45,000km² over the past three decades.

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Significant Quakes – December 7, 2014

Posted by feww on December 7, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARDS
SCENARIOS: 704, 703, 700, [500,] 09, 08, 07, 02
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M6.8 Strikes Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Centered at 6.537°S, 154.455°E the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0km (6.2mi), said USGS/EHP.

Event Time: 2014-12-07 01:22:00 UTC
Location: 6.537°S 154.455°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 116km (72mi) WSW of Panguna, PNG
  • 124km (77mi) WSW of Arawa, PNG
  • 685km (426mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

The quake did not generate a destructive tsunami.

At least 4 significant aftershocks, one  measuring 5.7Mw followed the quake as of posting.

 

M6.0 strikes near Punta de Burica, Panama

Magnitude: 6.0Mw [USGS/EHP]
Event Time: 2014-12-06 17:21:49 UTC
Location: 8.013°N 82.703°W depth=14.0km (8.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 18km (11mi) E of Punta de Burica, Panama
  • 34km (21mi) SSE of Puerto Armuelles, Panama
  • 49km (30mi) SW of Pedregal, Panama
  • 54km (34mi) SSW of David, Panama
  • 261km (162mi) SE of San Jose, Costa Rica

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Yunnan Province, China

A deadly earthquake measuring magnitude 5.8 struck Jinggu County in southwest China’s Yunnan province on Saturday, killing at least one person and leaving 15 others injured, reported the official Xinhua news.

The quake was centered at 23.3N, 100.5E striking at a depth of 9km, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.


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Heavy Snow Destroys/ Damages Hundreds of Homes in NE China

Posted by feww on December 5, 2014

Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Relentless snowfall in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes, the official Xinhua reported authorities as saying.

“The inclement weather resulted in the death of 271 sheep, 92 large animals, damage to 644 houses and destroyed another 78. Meanwhile, 37 hectares (ha) of greenhouse vegetables were also destroyed.”

Oil spill causes “one of the worst” ecological disasters in Israel

A major oil spill, which occurred after a pipeline burst, has severely damaged a nature reserve in southern Israel.

Millions of liters of crude oil have escaped from a breach in the pipeline, severely damaging several kilometers of the Evrona Nature Reserve, and threatening to enter Jordan.

According to the local media, dozens of Jordanians have been hospitalized after suffering from hazardous gas inhalation.

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Original caption: Handout aerial photograph provided by the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection shows a large oil spillage caused by an oil pipeline that breached during maintenance work in the Arava desert, southern Israel, on Dec. 4, 2014. An oil spill flooded overnight a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, causing “one of the worst” ecological disasters in Israel, officials and local media said Thursday. (Xinhua/JINI/ISRAELI ENVIROMENTAL PROTECTION MINSTRY)

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‘RED’ Alert This Time?

Posted by feww on November 26, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
PROLONGED, RECURRING SMOG
SCENARIOS 797, 699, 444, 404, 402, 222
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Beijing PM2.5 AQI reaches 583; surrounding regions jump off the charts

Beijing health authorities ought to create  new categories for Air Quality Index (AQI) above and beyond the existing EPA health breakpoints, which end with ‘Hazardous.’ Recommendations include ‘DNA-Changing,’ ‘Lung-Sludging,’ “Carcino Delight,’ ‘Two Blocks,’ ‘Breath Taker,’ … and so on.

Image of the Day

beijing smog
Source: http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes SW China

Posted by feww on November 22, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARDS
SCENARIOS 704, 703, 09, 08, 07, 02
.

M6.3 Quake Strikes Sichuan Province, SW China

At least one person was killed after a strong earthquake struck Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Saturday, reported the official Xinhua news agency.

Centered at 30.3°N,  101.7°E, the quake occurred  at a depth of about 18km near the Kangding airport, about 40 km from Chengdu, the provincial capital, said the report.

The quake also affected Zhaodong City in neighboring Yunnan Province.”

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