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China seeks to fight smog by brainstorm: All ideas welcome

China seeks to fight smog by brainstorm: All ideas welcome | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The city of Wuhan is considering building skyscrapers coated with a high-tech substance that can "eat" air pollutants. An artist is offering to suck particulates out of Beijing's dirty skies using a giant vacuum-cleaner-type device and sell jewelry made with the collected contaminants. One researcher is suggesting an "urban wind passage" in the Chinese capital, regulating the height and density of buildings so that smog has a dispersal channel.
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Very interesting to see the arc of history repeating.  I recall many of the crazy ideas here in California.  A similar story was had when we needed water during a drought.  And for our famously traffic-clogged highways.  

 

When you go down the same road creating a problem we know is going to happen and just think you will "deal with it" later, the next phase is the outlandish responses to dealing with those problems.  Eventually we get to the mature adult phase wherein we actually tackle the problems of our own creation.  It would be nice if we could just jump to the last phase in the first place.

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China's industry exporting air pollution to U.S.

China's industry exporting air pollution to U.S. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
China’s export industry is responsible for dirty emissions that are blowing across the Pacific Ocean and contributing to smog in the United States, a new scientific study says.
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One of the true costs of globalization.  While this is nothing new, it is nice to have yet another data point confirming this.  I frequently use an image of Chinese emissions on a particular day in 2008 to show the Pacific Basin-spanning scale of our modern day manufacturing/polluting industries.  We are all in this together.  We need to solve these problems together.  There is no hiding from a global challenge.

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Arsenic poisoning in rural China - in pictures

Arsenic poisoning in rural China - in pictures | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Mines and chemical plants mushroomed in the
realgar-rich area around Heshan from the 1950s. Shut down in 2011 due to the pollution they caused, dust and run-off plagues the village to this day

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Waterless World: China’s ever-expanding desert wasteland

Waterless World: China’s ever-expanding desert wasteland | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As climate change makes vast parts of Inner Mongolia uninhabitable, an official declares: ‘Land desertification is China’s most important ecological problem.’
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Great story and graphic video demonstration of one compenent of climate change.

 

I still find it amazing this lack of will amongst most scientists in China  when it comes to criticizing Chinese policies.  This may be something of a misquote, but my experience shows it may well not be:

 

"Our biggest concern today is not man-made problems, it is climate change and water resources"  Excuse me???  Climate change and you overdrafting of water supplies ARE FUNDAMENTALLY a "man-made" problem.  We have all seen the consequence of such incorrect phrasing and articulation.  We are creating this mess.  I would hope we could be mature enough to own up to the problem and face it head on.

 

This story also does a good job of putting yet another face of the greatest victims of climate change; the poor who eek out a living in marginal environs.

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