exporting pollution

Pollution In Fashion and Under Rugs

Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...

A New East Asian Import: Ozone Pollution

China has long been known for its exports as Chinese goods and labor are spread throughout the world. Now, another Chinese export is making headlines, as air pollutants from East Asia are found at the ground-level in the Western...

An Upside to China’s Air Pollution

The New York Times brings us a rare piece of good news related to China’s environmental situation: A storm of yellow dust darkens the skies above Beijing, an increasingly familiar phenomenon blamed on the disappearance of...

EU Plans to Clamp Down on Carbon Trading Scam

In the Guardian, Damian Carrington describes Chinese companies’ gaming of the EU Emission Trading Scheme, and European proposals to combat it: The use of carbon permits from industrial gas projects in China could be banned...

China’s Journey to the Dark Ages

An new report from the United Nations Environment Programme gives an alarming picture of the effects of air pollution in China and South Asia. In China alone, air pollution has caused $82 billion in economic losses, the report...

Cutting Through China’s Smoke – Laurie Garrett and Jane C.S. Long

Beijing will order cutbacks in industry and auto emissions for the Olympic Games, and the effects may be measurable worldwide. From LA Times: By now, most of us are keenly aware that emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels are causing our planet to heat up, altering our climate and putting the survival of […]

In Pure Arctic Air, Signs of China’s Economic Boom – Alister Doyle

Climate change has caused melting glaciers, fewer polar bears and disappearing pure arctic air. From Reuters: From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, […]

Rising Threat – John Boudreau

An article from Inside Bay Area shows China as a super-polluter whose soot, mercury, and dust are migrating “6,000 miles across the Pacific to California” and questions its ability to stave off an environmental disaster amidst rapid industrialization. BEIJING ” A pale orange sun hangs low over the evening rush-hour, a brake-light procession of Mercedes, […]

China’s Filthiest Export – Jennifer L. Turner and Juli S. Kim

Foreign Policy in Focus has a report on the global effects of China’s severe air and water pollution, which is now traveling as far as the west coast of the U.S.: Information on Chinese emissions is sketchy since the government has not publicly disclosed CO2 or mercury emissions data since 2001. The most commonly cited […]

China’s anti-pollution efforts stink – Kent Ewing

From Asia Times: When toxic-chemical spills in its rivers threaten the water supply in neighboring countries, China’s lax environmental record becomes a serious regional issue. However, when researchers in California report that on a given day 25% of the pollution littering the skies above Los Angeles has wafted over from China, the country’s battle to […]

China’s growing pollution reaches U.S. – Terence Chea

From AP via China Environmental News Digest: On a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steven Cliff collects evidence of an industrial revolution taking place thousands of miles away. The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms […]

Pollution From Chinese Coal Casts a Global Shadow – Keith Bradsher and David Barboza

From the New York Times: One of China’s lesser-known exports is a dangerous brew of soot, toxic chemicals and climate-changing gases from the smokestacks of coal-burning power plants. In early April, a dense cloud of pollutants over Northern China sailed to nearby Seoul, sweeping along dust and desert sand before wafting across the Pacific. An […]

More Cooperation Urged to Protect South China Sea – Xinhua News Agency

From Xinhua News Agency via China Net: Pollution still threatens the ecology of the South China Sea despite progress made by a program aimed at curbing environmental damage a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) official has warned. Greater international cooperation was required to prevent over fishing, land and marine pollution and environmental damage, said UNEP […]



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