May 10, 2013 |
Early on in Beijing's winter of pollution-wracked discontent, one of China's biggest power companies, Huadian, turned off the coal scrubbers at its Datong plants and let emissions of sulfur dioxide, a leading cause of acid rain and respiratory illness, soar to more than four times government standards. Huadian saved money by turning off the scrubbers, which suck up power. What's more, Huadian falsified paperwork and sold its electricity at a premium rate that the government offers to power plants with low emissions.
April 5, 2013 |
BEIJING — A winter of terrible air pollution in Beijing is likely to be followed this summer by an exodus of expatriates fleeing the Chinese capital, according to senior executives, diplomats and businesses that cater to the expat community. But it is not just foreign residents who are contemplating leaving, and it is not just a couple of months of hazardous smog that has persuaded them to go. As in other large Chinese cities, such as Guangzhou and Shanghai, Beijing's residents are mostly from other...
March 22, 2013 |
SHANGHAI — The "Chinese dream" is to own an apartment, a car — and, increasingly, a license plate. As the world's biggest car market battles some of the world's worst traffic congestion and air pollution, license plate rationing has driven prices up to the point where a Shanghai plate costs nearly three times as much as a cheap Chinese car. Scalpers throng the entrance of the art deco auction house near Shanghai's famous Bund, where...
March 2, 2013 |
BEIJING — Bad air is good news for many Chinese entrepreneurs. From gigantic domes that keep out pollution to face masks with fancy fiber filters, purifiers and even canned air, Chinese businesses are trying to find a way to market that most elusive commodity: clean air. An unprecedented wave of pollution throughout China (dubbed the "airpocalypse" or "airmageddon" by headline writers) has spawned an almost entirely new industry. The biggest-ticket item is a huge dome that resembles an overgrown...
January 16, 2013 |
ADD AIR pollution to the list of challenges that China's new leadership must address to satisfy its increasingly restless citizenry. Over the weekend, Beijing and more than 30 other cities were enveloped by a thick haze . Measurements of hazardous particles spiked to unprecedented levels — and so did complaints on the country's social media. On Monday, the government's principal propaganda organs essentially surrendered to public sentiment, breaking their silence and publishing a host of articles and editorials...
December 27, 2012 |
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson , who pushed through the most sweeping curbs on air pollution in two decades, announced Thursday morning that she will resign her post. Jackson, who will step down shortly after President Obama's State of the Union address next month, said she was "ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference. " Many had expected that she would not remain for the administration's second term; Jackson...