Beijing's Smog Problem is Back and Government Ignores The Main Problem
Coal from Factories
Exhaust From Cars
According to Reuters.com Currently Beijing uses around 11 million tons of coal a year and is one of the leading cities in the world in coal use.
The city of Beijing has five million of its residents use motor vehicles on a daily basis.
Dust storms from local areas of construction blow into Beijing and help contribute to the current smog
CREATED BY: Dylan Ripley
Topic: Beijing's Smog Problem
Why should we care?
My purpose for writing this is this is that while China as a country doesn't have the biggest ecological footprint Beijing and other Chinese cities have the biggest ecological footprints in the world. Beijing uses a ton of coal every year and they dont use a lot of alternatives when it comes to motor vehicle use so they leave a lot of air pollution from exhaust.
Beijing's Use of Coal Compared To The Rest of The World
According to Foreignpolicy.com China has the highest reliance of coal useage in the world and the country emits more coal pollution per capita than Europe as a whole. At the center of this is Beijing which is one of China's biggest industrialized cities. China and Beijing's heavy reliance on coal makes it to where they are getting it at a rate that isn't sustainable and we are running out fast.
Where are they now?
What are they doing to solve this?
The smog began in Beijing in 2013 due to the overuse of coal burning, dust from construction and exhaust from cars. The government refuses to acknowledge that they're over using resources and that their industrialization has caused this.
For the future to solve this problem China has asked for assistance from the EPA. and according to EPA.gov they have created the AirNow-International (AirNow-I) which informs the public of the quality of the air. And they have made a air monitor on the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. And accoridng to IISD.org with the improvements Beijing plans to make they want Beijing to be the model for other cities to use to improve air pollution
According to Unearthed.com Beijing's air pollution (Smog) is just getting worse and Beijing has seen a rise of pollution by about 4% and they wanted to cut it to about 3% which didnt happen. They do have efforts to reduce the air pollution in Beijing and are currently working on reducing emissions from power plants.
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