Chinese City Registers Pollution 300 Percent Over Level Considered Hazardous For Humans

220px-beijing_smog_comparison_august_2005We have followed the environmental meltdown in China which only recently moved to deal with a myriad of pollutants that have created cancer spikes and suffocating health conditions.  Air pollution is the most obvious area of neglect and average Chinese are beginning to complain about pollution that continues to set records for unhealthy levels.  I have previously discussed how my trips to China through the years have found horrendous levels of pollution where one is unable to see beyond half a block on some days in cities like Beijing.  For decades, the authoritarian government posted false readings that became increasing comical, but sites like the one at the U.S. embassy has forced officials to admit to the alarming levels — as if the lack of line of sight vision did not already confirm the prior misrepresentations.  This week, one regional capital, Harbin, has effectively shutdown due to levels of particulate pollution that would be considered unimaginable in many areas.  Parts of Harbin are reporting levels of more than 1,000 PM2.5 — the level considered hazardous is 300.  Thus, the city is over 300 percent higher than the hazardous level for human health.

Schools have been closed and people have been told to hunker down in their homes. What is interesting is that the level of pollution is taking on a political dimension. While China continues to censor news and control social media sites, there remains criticism on sites like Weibo. Citizens are discussing how the elite in government use public money to install expensive air cleaning systems in their offices and homes while the rest of China suck in the hazardous levels of pollutants. The Chinese government is clearly worried about the political dimension. You can only scare citizens so much when you are forcing them to breathe in poisons. At some point, they are going to refuse to go along with conditions that are clearly killing them.

Last week, the World Health Organization agency issued a report showing global deaths associated with air pollution. Not only did it link pollution to lung cancer but also bladder cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, based in Lyon, France, also cited a link to heart disease. Governments often try to bury reports on the levels of actual deaths associated with air pollution. In this report, air pollution is linked to 223,000 deaths from lung cancer alone around the world in 2010. Particulate matter like that in China plays an equally hazardous role in deaths from cancer.

The level of pollution in Harbin — with 11 million people — has now exceeded the record set by Beijing last year.

With political power held in the hands of one party and a government that has long placed production ahead of every value, China is now a nightmare of a modern industrial wasteland. It would be interesting to see how the food and pollution scandals are affecting tourism. Cities like Harbin now look like some movie set of a post-apocalyptic industrial wasteland — not exactly an appealing prospect for most families.

Source: Yahoo

50 thoughts on “Chinese City Registers Pollution 300 Percent Over Level Considered Hazardous For Humans”

  1. Sposób płoną przy użyciu naszych paliw kopalnych owo zero dziwnego , iż co chwila więcej mężczyzn natomiast kobiet
    zwraca się aż do energii słonecznej , w stosunkowo krótkim okresie czasu ,
    więcej aniżeli prawdopodobne , iż będzie tonajbardziej wykorzystywane pierwocina energii.

    Każdego roku werwa słoneczna staje siędużo w wyższym stopniu popularne, kiedy więcej ludzi zacznie go bawić się , jakkolwiek masz zamysł zobaczyć,
    iż nie każdy istota ludzka skoczył na tej modą coraz .
    Niedługo trzeba zrozumieć , że będą spośród nieodnawialnych paliw natomiast ręce do pracy nie będą miały
    wyboru, kiedy stosować spośród energii wytwarzanej za pośrednictwem słońce
    na sympatycznie tudzież energię elektryczną .
    Mimo że technika ta jest stosunkowo nowy , plus minus 50 lat, istnieje sporo zastosowań, dla energii
    słonecznej w tej chwili , że kadry nie są świadomi oraz wprost przeciwnie w następujących ustępach
    będą o nich mówić . Te dni , jak idziesz na sprawunki do nowego samochodu
    wolno albo zakupić standardowy wehikuł , jaki działa wręcz
    przeciwnie na spirytus , nabywać pojazd hybrydowy , kto działa
    na gazowe tudzież elektryczne , czy też przypadkiem nawet przerwać zakupie
    pojazdu , jaki wykorzystuje zaledwie energię elektryczną
    aż do zasilania owo . W odniesieniu aż do z większym natężeniem przyjazny w celu środowiska
    pojazdów , idziesz do stwierdzenia, że ​​te będą musiały znajdować się włączone a pobierana każdego dnia , żeby spośród nich korzystać .
    Rzecz w tym, co niemiara osób korzysta w tej
    chwili ich energię elektryczną gospodarstw domowych dostarczonych za pomocą
    przedsiębiorstwo energetyczne do ładowania tego typu pojazdów
    , podczas gdy mogą one znajdować się nadzwyczaj prawidłowo wykorzystującmoc słońca
    , ażeby to zdziałać . Jedną spośród największych zalet o użyciu słońca naładować swój samochód, jest to, że nie będziesz opłacać gotówką aż
    do elektrycznego firmy, która tworzy oszczędności
    gwoli Ciebie.

  2. RTC,
    “Frankly, if you’re quoting Hayek, then you mind is more polluted than the Chinese air on a windless day.”

    Insulting me is not a very effective way to sway me to your point.

    If you disagree with Hayek’s quote refute it.

    The reason I included the Hayek quote is because he addressed the development of corporatism, or what Occupy Wall Street and others call crony capitalism.

    Mike Spindell wrote that the Randian vision end-game would be the ‘cooperation between rapacious corporations and the State.” I responded that his description sounds like corporatism. I did not address any aspect of environmental regulations in my remark; I was responding generally to Mike’s general statement. Also, capitalism does not have to equal laissez-faire capitalism. Hayek supports a moderate degree of regulation, actually.

    I’m curious why you seem to vehemently disagree with the Hayek quote:

    “a sort of syndicalist or “corporative” organization of industry, in which competition is more or less suppressed but planning is left in the hands of the independent monopolies of the separate industries.”

    What do you think of what he calls a “corporative organization of industry”? Is that a fairly accurate description of what we have right now?

    Regarding Rand Paul, I don’t agree with everything he says, but it would be silly to disregard everything just because we are in disagreement on a few points. For example, he is one of the few people in the Senate saying anything in support of civil liberties. I disagree with what he says about coal mine regulations, but I agree with him on his point about bailouts. Do you disagree with him about the bailouts? Should we have bailed out the banks?

    On Milton Friedman I am agnostic. I haven’t read him yet.

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  5. Prairie Rose 1, October 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    “In a global climate system what goes around comes around.”

    Too true, Dredd –like pieces of houses from the tsunami in Japan, etc. Has the pollution in Seattle gone up since that first picture from the US embassy in China was taken? Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it had. Blech.
    ==============================
    Yep.

    Another old saying “it is time to pay the piper” comes to mind.

    Our Department of Energy had a motto on its website:

    “Oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy.”

    (The Peak of The Oil Lies – 2). They took it down, but it is preserved in The Wayback Machine.

    Oil will be the death of all of us who live in the Global Climate System on the globe we call the Earth.

    Only the Flat-Earthers will survive.

  6. The Dogs have it!
    =================

    Prairie Rose,

    What you and David fail to understand about capitalism is that these manufacturers are not the ones that are failing. It’s easy to say, well, let ’em (magically) go out of business, but they keep chugging along, thanks in part to the lack of any pollution controls. Incidentally, one reason why American car companies are struggling is because they’re competing with some of these very same companies.

    If you’ve been following David posts, you’ll know that he believes govt regulation is an infringement on private property. And, according to “Dr.” Paul, regulation is one reason why American businesses are struggling. During hearings about coal mine safety following several tragic events, Paul said that mine owners should be left free to determine their own standards, and if workers felt unsafe, they could simply move elsewhere to work.

    Milt Friedman had a lot to say about regulation, which he called an imposed cost. He made the point that if someone upstream fouled the water, the solution was to take them to court, so that the economic penalty would be imposed on that particular company for that particular damage. But to impose regulations on industry as a whole would needlessly drive prices up. Why needlessly? Because in his magic kingdom, companies that failed to act responsibly would be discovered and consumers would trade with more conscientious operators. The intellectual dishonesty contained in that magical thinking is a failure to acknowledge that conscience usually comes with a cost. Companies that limit pollution and dispose of their waste properly must charge a higher price for their product than the company that doesn’t. Uncle Miltie’s whole theory rested on more consumption occurring at lower price points. And history has shown that the consumer, by and large, doesn’t care how, or where, a product was made, only that it is the cheapest ( I’m referring to cost; many consumers are content with products of poor quality).

    Frankly, if you’re quoting Hayek, then you mind is more polluted than the Chinese air on a windless day. The solution is not everyone for themselves. That’s what we saw in New Orleans after Katrina.

    O, BTW: “Dr.” Paul literally got his degree from a box of cracker jack. He was exactly who they had in mind when they said, “Send in the clowns”.

  7. “Lol! I think Al Gore needs to spend some time over there and “get their minds right.”
    —————-
    Maybe we could send you and improve air quality in the Midwest

  8. Lost another posting, two links, tried to repost with only one, didn’t work.

  9. David, don’t act naive and from your writing skill it is apparent that there is nothing organically wrong with your cognizance. The problem with China is the same problem the US and every other industrial nation faced early in its transition to an industrial society and away from a nearly total agrarian society: no central and effective regulatory structure. A nonexistent or weak, localized regulatory system rife with corruption is what leads to pollution at the levels we see in the article’s pictures, pictures of US cities at the end of the 19 century and early 20th century and the food supply was barely safe.

    This lack of regulation is the Randian dream, the clarion cry of Libertarian and right wing politicians. This is the dream of self described capitalist champions, it always has been and if Rick Perry could have held a coherent thought in his head for more than 30 seconds, would have been enunciated when he ran for President. That mantra goes on today and will go on in the upcoming election campaign and the 2016 campaign and into the future. Unleash the job creators, unshackle our potential, get rid of job-killing regulation! From the way the EPA oppresses our energy producers to the way those titans of virtue and responsibility in the banking industry are stifled by Dodd-Frank regulations need to be removed.

    That’s what Mike is saying and your faux-misunderstanding and deflection is only working on you and people like you that are so ideologically driven that self-contradiction as well as facts don’t mater. The lack of regulation is the hallmark and foundation of the free-market capitalist system you advocate along with a handful of posters here.

    That picture up top, look at it and then check this one out, my city in 1939 with the street lights on during the day due to smog:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Man_Lights_Cigarette_in_Daylight_-_Black_Tuesday_1939.jpg

    Don’t play dumb, it’s insulting.
    *

    P Smith, right.
    http://www.healthintelasia.com/blood-money-why-blood-transfusions-are-so-dirty-in-china/

    1. lottakatz wrote: “That’s what Mike is saying and your faux-misunderstanding and deflection is only working on you and people like you that are so ideologically driven that self-contradiction as well as facts don’t mater. The lack of regulation is the hallmark and foundation of the free-market capitalist system you advocate along with a handful of posters here. That picture up top, look at it and then check this one out, my city in 1939 with the street lights on during the day due to smog:”

      Facts do matter, but you seem to talk right over them. At the time this photo was taken, there were local ordinances that already regulated the businesses. The problem is that they did not apply the law to smaller businesses and domestic users because they didn’t want to lose votes. So blame democracy maybe? Anyway, this temperature inversion event was the catalyst to convince people of the need to move away from dirty coal.

      Please take notice how all the regulations were local to St. Louis. No federal mandates. Persuasion and education also were used. So ultimately the free market and common sense corrected the situation. Local ordinances were sufficient regulation along with education.

      As I have said many times, I believe regulations are needed. The difference is how much regulation is needed and at what level. I think most of these situations can be handled at the local level, State, county, and local municipalities. Federal govt should be more limited, acting only when necessary for the entire nation. Your example supports my perspective about govt regulation, not your perspective.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939_St._Louis_smog

  10. raff

    didn’t think that at all. after the story of the thousands of dead pigs in a river there i looked a bit further into it. factories just dump waste anywhere, even the average person doesn’t believe in paying for waste collection and disposal.

    they may be an industrial giant now, but i don’t think they can sustain it. if you get a chance, look up their cancer zones or the asian brown cloud.

    well worth the read

  11. China is aware of the problem, and will spend $475 Billion by 2015 to clean up their power stations and ramp up solar and wind energy.

    Time To Wake Up: From Asia to Rhode Island
    http://youtu.be/qAU2NSUXrc0

  12. pete and P Smith,
    I get the impression that you think I believe that China is a good place to work and live! Nothing could be farther from the truth.

  13. rafflaw –
    “the corporations that it is serving won’t have any workers alive to make their cheap products.”

    We’re talking about a country with 3000 annual mining deaths, which kills political prisoners on spec for transplant tourists, which spread HIV/AIDS through cities by “blood pooling” and reinjecting it in the population, which destroyed an entire valley and historical monuments to build a dam, which sends gangs of thugs to harass, assault and murder farmers to “acquire” land for city expansion..

    The PRC government sees human lives as disposable, as meat for the machine and for the profit of the few and powerful. I’m sure they have no qualms about “losing” a few hundred million people.

  14. I lived in Seoul, South Korea for a few years. Every spring, the country suffered from the “yellow wind”, pollution brought over from China by the jet stream. It also hit Japan, from what other people tell me.

    Pollution levels went through the roof from March to May, and regular warnings went out for children, asthmatics and the elderly to stay indoors. I’m a fit non-smoking healthy adult male, and I suffered at least four throat infections that I can recall, maybe more. The average annual pollution index rating for Seoul is about 80.

    Most of it was caused by China’s toxic mining industry, and now there’s the toxic manufacturing industry on top of that. I can’t imagine how much worse it is now. It was like having an annual Chernobyl cloud coming over the country, except without the radiation. Or maybe that came as well from China’s 17 nuclear power reactors, one never knows.

  15. Bother. WordPress snatched a comment. Did I put on too many links? I thought I was under the limit.

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