China smog emergency shuts down city of 11 million people

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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 6:25 pm » by Phoenix rising


China smog emergency shuts down city of 11 million people

Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China's largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country's first major air pollution crisis of the winter.

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An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people.

A level above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20.

The smog not only forced all primary and middle schools to suspend classes, but shut the airport and some public bus routes, the official Xinhua news agency reported, blaming the emergency on the first day of the heating being turned on in the city for winter. Visibility was reportedly reduced to 10 meters.

The smog is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

Air quality in Chinese cities is of increasing concern to China's stability-obsessed leadership because it plays into popular resentment over political privilege and rising inequality in the world's second-largest economy.

Domestic media have run stories describing the expensive air purifiers government officials enjoy in their homes and offices, alongside reports of special organic farms so cadres need not risk suffering from recurring food safety scandals.

The government has announced plans over the years to tackle the pollution problem but has made little apparent progress.

Users of China's popular Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblogging site reacted with both anger and bitter sarcasm over Harbin's air pollution.

"After years of effort, the wise and hard-working people of Harbin have finally managed to skip both the middle-class society and the communist society stages, and have now entered a fairyland society!" wrote on user.

Other parts of northeastern China also experienced severe smog, including Tangshan, two hours east of Beijing, and Changchun, the capital of Jilin province which borders Heilongjiang.

Last week, Beijing city released a color-coded alert system for handling air pollution emergencies, to include the temporary halt of construction, factory production, outdoor barbeques and the setting off of fireworks.

Beijing suffered its own smog emergency last winter when the PM2.5 surpassed 900 on one particularly bad day in January.

FFS this is a society fail, there's a collective stupidity about people over there and indeed in many places, this is idiocracy at its best :censored: :censored: :bang;


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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 3:48 am » by Rich316


Nobody cared to reply as they went off shopping to the mall to buy more chinese made peices of crap. LOL.

It's not a laughing matter. The western world's desire for plastic peices of crap is destroying China. Then again maybe it's their fault for undercutting every other manufacturers on the planet? Forget blame, you could argue the blame game forever, it doesn't solve the problem.

And now the pollution is finally making it's way over the ocean to the US.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-21/china-exports-pollution-to-u-s-along-with-goods-study-finds.html
It was bound to happen sooner or later. So now you have your own pollution being added to by china's pollution.

Where does it end?

Here we have an 8 year old girl in China with LUNG CANCER caused by pollution
http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2013/11/131108-lung-cancer-childhood-china-pollution-eight-year-old-girl/

Our technology is really the biggest problem coupled with our desire to have the best and be the best.

We cannot continue with this way of living. I hate it so much when my mrs comes home with crap from the shops that's all plastic rubbish from china.. Cuz I just know in 6 months time when the novelty has worn off or the crap is broken, it will end up in the ground somewhere.. It just never seems to end, from motor vehicles to industry, the pollution is the result from our desire to improve our lives.. We really did take a wrong turn...

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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 6:31 am » by Rich316


Chaindrive wrote:. world war 3, aliens, big rock in space, an CME "kill shot", Pole shifting, Yellowstone blows up, the petro dollar collapsing (what else am I forgetting?),


You're forgetting the fact that none of these events may transpire at all.

So we should just sit back and let the world go to shit because maybe one day we'll get wiped out?

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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 7:31 am » by Newearthman


This is a product of pure greed!
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 3:26 pm » by Phoenix rising


Cheers for reviving the post Rich...

People are so plugged into the system they will fight to keep it I heard one quote say, this is why these stupid people will surrender their own children this this terrible pollution, sadly many people have not grasped what life is about :flop:
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