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Purifiers and masks: essential or ineffective tools against smog in China|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com

Purifiers and masks: essential or ineffective tools against smog in China|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even with dense smog covering the northern Chinese city of Shijiazhuang for 12 consecutive days, few people in the hazy city wear masks.

 

For Liu Jia, 30, a white-collar worker in Beijing, it is impossible to live in the "poisonous" air without any protection.

 

"Masks and air purifiers are necessities for families with children and elderly people," said Liu, the mother of a three-year-old boy.

 

Air purifiers ranging from 3,000-4000 yuan (US$490-660) are the most popular. Some machines with more functions are also popular, retailing at over 10,000 yuan (US$1,650), according to a salesman at a Beijing outlet of Gome, an electronics retailer.

 

Taobao, China's leading online shopping platform, estimated in a report on Dec. 12 that Chinese consumers will spent about 870 million yuan (US$143.5 million) on anti-smog products in 2013 through the internet. Equipment aimed at helping people cope with smog is being bought by middle-class consumers from the developed megacities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

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Opportunity glimmers through China's toxic smog

Opportunity glimmers through China's toxic smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - As China's smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution...
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Climate a bright spot in China relationship

Climate a bright spot in China relationship | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING — Since the Copenhagen talks, the U.S. and China have ramped up their cooperation.
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Mercury levels rising in expanse around Alberta oilsands

Mercury levels rising in expanse around Alberta oilsands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mercury wafting out of oilsands operations is impacting an area – or “bull’s-eye” — that extends for about 19,000 square kilometres in northeast Alberta, according to federal scientists.
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Waiting for the Rains, Zambia Grapples With Climate Change - Inter Press Service

Waiting for the Rains, Zambia Grapples With Climate Change - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is seven in the morning and Georgina Musende, 56, of Kamanga Township, which just lies east of the Zambian capital Lusaka, is already sweating as she di
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California drought deepens as another year's rains stay away

California drought deepens as another year's rains stay away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The official drought map of California looks as if has been set on fire and scorched in the center. The Bay Area has pulled out its umbrellas only few times this year. The usual December reprieve, a storm or two, has been denied us.
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Seven Wonders of a Hopeful World

Seven Wonders of a Hopeful World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The environmental challenges we face today are daunting, but opportunities for overcoming them abound.
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Cows are being fed chicken shit and the FDA has done nothing to stop it

Cows are being fed chicken shit and the FDA has done nothing to stop it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The practice isn't just gross, it could spread mad cow disease—and yet the FDA has done nothing to stop it.
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After Impressive Demonstrations of Robot Skill, DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials Conclude

After Impressive Demonstrations of Robot Skill, DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials Conclude | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Homestead, FL (SPX) Dec 28, 2013 - On December 20-21, 2013, 16 teams were the main attraction at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials, where they demonstrated their prototype robots' ability to perform a number of critical real-...
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Brazil vows better flood alert systems

Brazil vows better flood alert systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brasilia (AFP) Dec 27, 2013 - President Dilma Rousseff on Friday vowed to improve warning systems after touring flood-hit areas of southeast Brazil where 40 people have died following torrential rains.
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Hong Kong in quest for youth as ageing population looms

Hong Kong in quest for youth as ageing population looms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 29, 2013 - Schools replaced by care homes and a once-vibrant economy dulled by one of Asia's oldest populations: experts fear this is the Hong Kong of the not-too-distant future.
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Extinction risk prompts ban on fishing for caviar-producing sturgeon

Extinction risk prompts ban on fishing for caviar-producing sturgeon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (UPI) Dec 27, 2013 -
Russia and other countries bordering the Caspian Sea say they've agreed to stop fishing black-caviar-producing sturgeon because the fish is close to extinction.
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500 local Chinese lawmakers resign in fraud scandal

500 local Chinese lawmakers resign in fraud scandal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong Dec 28, 2013 - More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, as Beijing ramps up its sweeping anti-corruption crackdown, state media reported Saturday.
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China says over 3 mln hectares of land too polluted to farm

BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) - About 3.33 million hectares (8million acres) of China's farmland is too polluted to growcrops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting therisk facing agriculture...
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In Philippines, workers toil among hazards in compressor mining | The Center for Investigative Reporting

In Philippines, workers toil among hazards in compressor mining | The Center for Investigative Reporting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Compressor mining is dangerous and the returns are paltry. But that doesn’t stop the miners – adults and children – who say there is no other work available.
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Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence

Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
George Mitchell, the "father of hydraulic fracturing," passed away earlier this year. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about Mitchell's invention and his somewhat progressive environmental views.
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TV set-top boxes would become more energy-efficient under new deal

TV set-top boxes would become more energy-efficient under new deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO — Environmental advocates, government regulators and the cable and satellite television industry have reached a landmark agreement to save an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs by making TV set-top boxes more efficient.
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Wind, rain and more flooding threaten the return to work | The Times

Wind, rain and more flooding threaten the return to work | The Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Motorists and commuters have been warned of possible disruption on the roads and railways as severe weather sweeps the country
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Is LNG fracking worth its weight in water?

Is LNG fracking worth its weight in water? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As nascent industry takes off, B.C. now must regulate water usage
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Check out these haiku explaining global warming.

Check out these haiku explaining global warming. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A climate researcher finds an innovative new way to break through the science communications gap.
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The FDA just announced that it has serious doubts about antibacterial soaps.

The FDA just announced that it has serious doubts about antibacterial soaps. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So how's a person supposed to keep the germs away during sick season?
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Modern caterpillars feed at higher temperatures in response to climate change

Modern caterpillars feed at higher temperatures in response to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Dec 27, 2013 - Caterpillars of two species of butterflies in Colorado and California have evolved to feed rapidly at higher and at a broader range of temperatures in the past 40 years, suggesting that they are evo...
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What Does Compassion Sound Like?

What Does Compassion Sound Like? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rochester, NY (SPX) Dec 28, 2013 -
Good to see you. I'm sorry. It sounds like you've had a tough, tough, week.
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China eases one-child policy, abolishes labour camps

China eases one-child policy, abolishes labour camps | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Dec 28, 2013 - China's top legislative committee formally approved a loosening of the country's hugely controversial one-child policy on Saturday and abolished re-education through labour camps, state media reported.
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Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California

Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco (UPI) Dec 27, 2013 -
A proposal to salvage burned timber from a massive fire on 257,000 acres in California, including portions of Yosemite National Park, has ignited a debate.
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