Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amShanghai woke up to another choking day yesterday with the air quality index and PM2.5 density at their worst since official records began about a year ago. Authorities issued a severe pollution alert at 1pm, upgraded from a warning, and launched emergency measures to cut down on emissions. [News Source]
Shanghai pollution figures hit record highs.
China’s eastern coast blanketed in toxic haze.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amThe airpocalypse continues. The dense, polluted air that has become a fixture in China's northeast has this week descended further south, shrouding a vast section of eastern China in a toxic haze. [News Source]
Smoke stacks, mine dust and truck exhaust add to pollution load in Canada.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amWorking with some of Canada’s most sensitive equipment, a team of 60 experts is putting together the most complete picture of air pollution from oilsands projects to date. [News Source]
Air pollution stifles China, but might clear the way for clean air reforms.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amAuthorities in Shanghai today grounded flights, halted construction and urged school children to stay indoors, as thick clouds of yellow smog descended on the city of more than 14 million. The local government was forced to issue its most severe health warnings. [News Source]
China Focus: Development shift needed to help lift smog.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amDays of lingering smog covering large parts of China have caused traffic jams and school closures, bringing the country's economic development transformation into sharp focus. [News Source]
Smog enshrouds Yangtze River Delta.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amChina's eastern coastal region has been shrouded by the most severe smog yet this winter, which has led to a surge in sales of masks and air cleaning machines. Demand for masks is outstripping supply in eastern China and sales of air cleaning machines in the second half of November surged, according to a Xinhua report. [News Source]
Shanghai grinds to a halt as smog nears top of air pollution scale.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amShanghai experienced one of its worst episodes of air pollution on Friday, with the air quality index reaching the "severe" level, the worst on a six-tier national rating system. [News Source]
Shanghai’s smog gives expats second thoughts.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amRecord pollution levels that saw Shanghai engulfed by acrid smog on Friday caused flight cancelations, shortages of face masks and made some expatriates reconsider their long-term plans to stay in the city. [News Source]
Clean air bylaw aimed at pollution, not business: McHattie.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amHamilton, Ontario, is exploring whether it should take a page from Oakville's pioneering clean air bylaw to crack down on pollution. But Steeltown's industrial base is signalling it's not crazy about new legislation that would hamper competitiveness and laden it with "environmental burden." [News Source]
Wyoming’s little talked about pollution source: Trona mines.
Saturday December 07th 2013, 9:00 amWyoming’s biggest export is soda ash, which comes from trona mines. Last year, the trona industry produced 17 million tons of soda ash for which the state received nearly $90 million in various taxes and royalties. But the industry has a dirty side too. [News Source]
Shanghai Orders Cars Off Roads as Pollution Exceeds Scale
Friday December 06th 2013, 11:44 pmShanghai’s air pollution dropped today as some flights were still disrupted after an air quality gauge reached “beyond index” level yesterday, causing a heavy fog. [News Source]