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Will China pollute itself out of existence?

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China’s air quality has been an issue for many years. Recent attempts to curb the use of coal as an energy source have gone some way to alleviate the problem, but there is still work to be done

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Clear weather does not normally make for news but it does in the Chinese capital, which over the past two decades has been notorious for pollution. Beijing’s off-the-chart pollution days even inspired new words, such as “smogocalypse”, words that now appear to be a thing of the past.
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What is your opinion on the action taken by China to improve on it's pollution problems?
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Western media keeps overstating Chinese Air problem. Pollution data in one single period can not indicate the improvement of a long period. In 2011, red alerts were declared, schools stopped. I’m trying to tell you it’s CHANGING.
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Western media keeps overstating Chinese Air problem. Pollution data in one single period can not indicate the improvement of a long period. In 2011, red alerts were declared, schools stopped. I’m trying to tell you it’s CHANGING.
Oh really? You're living in China right now? How does it look?
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We all know that pollution is a inescapable problem to most of the developing countries. Just go through the history of US, UK, or Germany. They spent hundreds of years to fix the problem. Forgive China. It’s developing. Its GDP needs to be increased. China have goals and missions to itself and the world.
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All my colleagues in Beijing seem to be very concerned about recent peaks of pollution. Most people in China are aware of the issue by now because it was everywhere in the news.
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There was one tie when I was there, heavy, acrid smog descended on Beijing, the municipal government described it as""light pollution,"" although the US embassy's data said it was off the charts.

So don't believe everything you read.
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According to this article, the pollution went down already in China, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/24/pollutionwatch-air-contamination-drops-by-30-in-china
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Why is the focus only in China? The situation in India is even worse, and in pre-industrial Mogolian capital Ulan Bator, Particulate air pollution is hazardous(refer record from Bloomberg), however, it seems that Western media is not interested in protection of people of those two nations, though clues can be find, no controversies were ever made.
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Why is the focus only in China? The situation in India is even worse, and in pre-industrial Mogolian capital Ulan Bator, Particulate air pollution is hazardous(refer record from Bloomberg), however, it seems that Western media is not interested in protection of people of those two nations, though clues can be find, no controversies were ever made.
I agree! China have already taken due actions and there were iron improvement seen, though not to any extent satisfactory.
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What will happen will depend a LOT on how the younger leaders in China balance between economic development and environmental issues, and increasingly on governmental measures to promote cleantech startups in China.
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What will happen will depend a LOT on how the younger leaders in China balance between economic development and environmental issues, and increasingly on governmental measures to promote cleantech startups in China.
I agree that the future would depend on the young leaders. They should push for stricter environmental policies.
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If you speak to any long-term resident of any particular Chinese city, as I often do to taxi drivers who have lived in Beijing for many years, they will tell you that the conditions have largely improved from 10, 20 years ago.

The government is making efforts to fix this particular problem. And similar to how Britain has overcome its pollution problem caused by the industrial revolution, so will China, as I strongly believe.
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A very good book has been written about the subject"When A Billion Chinese Jump" by Jonathan Watts, who is environmental correspondent for The Guardian. If you are interested in getting some good perspective about the subject, I highly recommend it.

His conclusion: Either China will save the world, or it will destroy the world.
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In spite of the fact that national officials want to cut down on pollution, there are leaks built into the system on the local level. While one province may want to eliminate a major polluter, all he has to do is pay off some officials in another province, and he is free to pollute there. There are always poor regions in China, and in order to boost GDP and employment, these officials will welcome major polluters, and leave the task of cleaning up to his successors. Just like our global debt problems, the whole system is based on passing the problem down to the next guy. There is no motivation to solve the problem, and there is always enough money to pay off the local officials.
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