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Beijing,Tianjin, Hebei Province sued for failing to tackle smog [Copy link] 中文

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Five lawyers in China have filed three separate lawsuits against the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province for allegedly failing to combat air pollution in the region, on Monday and Tuesday, as smog continues to threaten the country.
The lawyers, Cheng Hai, Xu Wensheng from Beijing, Lu Tingge and Li Weida from Hebei Province and Ma Wei from Tianjin claim the three governments have not performed their duties in combating air pollution, and demand State compensation and 9,999 yuan ($) for mental suffering as well as for air filter masks, according to a document released on Tuesday on the official Sina Weibo account of Li Zhongwei, a lawyer in Shandong Province.
They also demand that the three governments solve the air pollution within a time frame and apologize in the media for 7 days.
Beijing's air quality continues to worsen after the 2008 Olympics Games. Beijing experienced almost 180 days of smog in 2015, 124 days more than a decade ago, the document said.
It states that the continuous air pollution in China can be regarded as the fourth largest environmental crisis after the Great Smog of London in 1952, Industrial Pollution in Japan and Los Angeles Light Pollution.
According to China's Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law, regional governments shall be responsible for air quality. The pollutants should be controlled and reduced through their measurements, the document said.
Beijing is the only city listed in the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan, adopted in 2013, and is required to reduce the level of fine particulate air pollution, known as PM2.5, by 25 percent in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The fine particulate matters in Beijing are supposed to be kept at less than 60 micrograms per cubic meter.
Heavy smog engulfed Beijing for a fourth straight day on Tuesday, with the current Air Quality Index (AQI) exceeding 350, and visibility in some areas of the city reduced to 50 meters. A total of 23 cities across China activated red alerts last week.(news from the Global times)

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Post time 2016-12-20 19:20:08 |Display all floors
This post was edited by mbursian at 2016-12-20 19:21

This is the 3rd day that the AQI is above 900 in Hebei, Handan.  It was 983 yesterday, more than 3x that of Beijing!  Why are the children of Beijing dismissed from school when the AQI is 300 and the children of Handan must attend school when the AQI is nearly 1000?
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Post time 2016-12-20 19:24:26 |Display all floors
This is BULLSHIT! The government needs to stop patting itself on the back for how wonderful they are and do some something NOW about this very real and toxic problem!
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Post time 2016-12-20 19:31:58 |Display all floors
The AQI in Handan was 983 yesterday... for the third straight day above 900!  Yet the schools in Beijing close when the AQI is above 300... the children of Handan still must attend schools when the AQI is near 1000!  Is it because the people of Handan are expendable?
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Flights cancelled, kids taken to hospital due to smog in Chinese city

By Staff        The Associated Press

A smog-shrouded Chinese city canceled airline flights Sunday due to poor visibility and parents took children to hospitals on the second day of a pollution alert across the country’s north.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 35 flights in Tianjin, east of Beijing, were delayed or canceled. Highways into the city of 7.5 million people were closed “due to extremely low visibility.”
Beijing and 22 other Chinese cities imposed emergency measures Saturday, including ordering cars off the road and telling factories and schools to close, after pollution soared to more than 10 times safe levels.
On Sunday, news website said the number of children being taken to Beijing hospitals with breathing trouble soared. Photos showed waiting rooms crowded with parents carrying children who wore face masks.
Chinese cities are notorious for noxious air blamed on emissions from older cars and trucks, coal-fired power plants and factories.

Members of the public closely watch levels of PM2.5, particles measuring 2.5 microns across that are easily inhaled and damage lung tissue.

The alert, this winter’s first, lasts through Wednesday. The National Meteorological Center said pollution in a densely populated swath stretching from the country’s northeast across Beijing to eastern China was likely to worsen on Monday.
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Post time 2016-12-21 08:17:24 |Display all floors
From China Daily / Opinion / Editorials
2016 December 20

Lack of long-term pollution control behind heavy smog
  
... In 2013, the State Council, China's Cabinet, issued an action plan to fight against air pollution, and a special fund of 23.94 billion yuan ($3.44 billion) was allocated from the central coffers to the municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin, six provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

The Ministry of Finance during its inspections found it was not uncommon for local governments to have put the funds to uses other than the elimination of pollution sources as intended. Some of the funds were used to renovate buildings or for bonuses.

Such misuse of the funds, though unable to draw full blame for the smog's repeated return to affect vast swathes of northern and eastern China, has weakened the will and hindered the efforts to curb the frequency and severity of smog.
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Post time 2016-12-21 09:44:41 |Display all floors
That's really really awful ..

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