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    China embraces public activists — in battling pollution

    China embraces public activists – in battling pollution
    March 17, 2017
    Michael Holtz
    Christian Science Monitor

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    As it moves to address the environmental toll of three decades of intense economic growth, the Chinese government is cautiously working with people who help expose polluters through social media and the release of real-time pollution data.



    DEZHOU, CHINA —
    Duan Shumin is still getting used to her new surroundings on the outskirts of this city in Shandong province, some 200 miles south of Beijing. Factories that make everything from asphalt to xylitol, a sweetener used in gum, line the roads leading to the apartment she moved to last July. On a recent afternoon, the air is thick with the scent of petroleum and burnt plastic.

    “This is an average day,” Ms. Duan says while stopped at an intersection in her black SUV. She has rolled down the windows to make her point. “When the smell is really bad it makes me feel like I’m going to vomit.”

    Fed up with what she considers half-hearted efforts to curb industrial emissions – the source of the smell – Duan has taken to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, to report on polluting factories. Every day she or a friend posts a photograph of a different location in the city along with current air pollution levels. She uses a mobile app to look up real-time emission data from surrounding factories and writes public messages to notify environmental-protection officials of violators. She has also created a discussion group on WeChat, the Chinese mobile-messaging service, to recruit other local residents to her cause.

    “Public awareness is growing and the government can’t stand the pressure,” Duan says. “It has to do something about it.”


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    Is pollution real or is it a Chinese hoax?
    If you are not willing to fall flat on your face, then the only thing you will have is a pretty face.

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    China embracing activists is a hoax.

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    So, if China becomes environmentally aware while Trump gets rid of the EPA here, the United States might end up as the biggest polluter in the world! How ironic is would that be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmine View Post
    the United States might end up as the biggest polluter in the world! How ironic is would that be?
    I doubt that would happen in a country where the smell of a nicotine vape in a public park brings lawsuits and increased local regulations.

    I also don't believe he'll end the EPA... but, that's a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    China embracing activists is a hoax.
    THAT.

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    LA keeps building near freeways, even though living there makes people sick

    or more than a decade, California air quality officials have warned against building homes within 500 feet of freeways.And with good reason: People there suffer higher rates of asthma, heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and pre-term births. Recent research has added more health risks to the list, including childhood obesity, autism and dementia.
    Yet Southern California civic officials have flouted those warnings, allowing a surge in home building near traffic pollution, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Census data, building permits and other government records.
    In Los Angeles alone officials have approved thousands of new homes within 1,000 feet of a freeway — even as they advised developers that this distance poses health concerns.
    Public funds, including millions of dollars from California’s cap-and-trade program to cut greenhouse gas emissions, are going to developers to build new homes in freeway pollution hot spots.
    The city “is ignoring the abundant health science data that has come out over the past decade that demonstrates serious health consequences for those living near a freeway,” the air district’s Ian MacMillan wrote.

    Given that this situation is so obvious and we have an EPA and California has its own environmental bureaucracy, why is this allowed to happen? And state cap and trade funds are assisting the situation?

    FWIW, the California government embraces activists, too. And trust me, California is very environmentally aware. The politicians just don't have accountability in a one party country, state or city.

    And, Jasmine, I find it totally ironic that Los Angeles is one of the worst polluters and allows people to be put in this kind of danger.

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