Beijing is using railway lines for freight transport in urban areas to reduce truck emissions and ease traffic. A 50-car train carrying 3,200 tonnes of gravel arrived at a freight station in Dahongmen in Fengtai District on June 2018, marking inauguration of the project. The gravel, delivered from Tangshan City in neighboring Hebei Province, was [...]
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The Greater Paris Region and Beijing Municipality signed on June 2018, a five-year deal to focus on smart cities and sustainable development, Greater Paris Region President Valérie Pécresse told a press conference held in Beijing. Cooperation between the two cities, which began in 1988, will extend beyond fighting air pollution to domains such as artificial [...]
There was an irony to Aaron Bernstein’s getting stuck in traffic recently. The Harvard Medical School professor and physician at Boston Children’s Hospital was on his way to Allston to give a talk about the health benefits of going green. “As a routine bicyclist, I rarely drive anywhere in Boston, and I was reminded on [...]
Hot weather and ozone pollution are making a comeback, weather authorities say. High temperature hit more than 33 degrees. Sunny skies are predicted for both days. It will be cloudy to overcast for the rest of the week, but the high will hover around 30 degrees, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. Shanghai saw slight [...]
What health effects are linked to air pollution? Over the past 30 years, researchers have unearthed a wide array of health effects which are believed to be associated with air pollution exposure. Among them are respiratory diseases (including asthma and changes in lung function), cardiovascular diseases, adverse pregnancy outcomes (such as preterm birth), and even [...]
Air pollution is a mixture of natural and man-made substances in the air we breathe. It is typically separated into two categories: outdoor air pollution and indoor air pollution. Outdoor air pollution involves exposures that take place outside of the built environment. Examples include: Fine particles produced by the burning of fossil fuels (i.e. the [...]
A 60-metre-high chimney stands among a sea of high-rise buildings in one of China’s most polluted cities. But instead of adding to Xian’s smog, this chimney is helping to clear the air. The outdoor air-purifying system, powered by the Sun, filters out noxious particles and billows clean air into the skies. Chinese scientists who designed [...]
China's efforts to control air pollution will provide a new impetus for economic growth, with investment opportunities of 20 trillion yuan ($3.2 trillion) in the coming 12 years, according to a report by an antipollution industry group. The market potential lies in six major sectors, including coal pollution control, reduction of volatile organic compound emissions [...]
Imagine a city rising from a lush bamboo forest, but this city uses no concrete and no steel; it doesn’t stick out of the forest, so much as blend in. This is the vision presented by penda, a Chinese and Austrian design firm, at Beijing Design Week this year. By 2023, penda claims, a city [...]
Beijing saw better air quality and more "good air" days in the first four months of this year, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau announced on Monday. Average density of PM2.5 in Beijing stayed at 59 micrograms per cubic meter of air in the four months, down 22.4 percent year on year, the bureau said. [...]