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    fresh canned air

    Guizhou to make 'fresh canned air' to boost tourism after Xi Jinping comments

    The launch came just weeks after Xi made exactly the same suggestion in a conversation with Guizhou delegates during the annual Chinese People’s Congress session in early March in Beijing
    PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 March, 2014, 12:09pm
    UPDATED : Friday, 21 March, 2014, 12:09pm
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    Flowers in Yinzhai Village of Guiding County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. Photo: Xinhua

    Tourism authorities in China’s southwestern Guizhou province announced on Thursday plans to manufacture canned fresh air as part of a larger scheme to promote the southwestern region’s tourism, according to the bureau's official website.

    The launch came just weeks after Xi made the suggestion in a conversation with delegates from Guizhou during the annual Chinese People’s Congress meeting in Beijing earlier this month.

    In a discussion session with Xi, Guizhou governor Chen Min'er said Guizhou's average PM2.5 index was under 50, an indication of the province's impressive air quality.

    Xi then commented that “air quality is now a deciding factor in people’s perception of happiness,” and suggested that Guizhou “sell air cans in the future,” according to Chinese media reports.

    Guizhou is economically undeveloped compared to many coastal provinces, even its neighbouring Sichuan. The province is known for its beautiful scenery and is also rich in natural and environmental resources.

    Fu Yingchun, head of Guizhou’s tourism bureau, told Chinese press on Thursday that cans will be sold as souvenirs to tourists. He said he was confident the "canned fresh air" campaign will succeed.


    Chinese multimillionaire and high-profile philanthropist Chen Guangbiao hands out canned fresh air in Beijing in 2013. Photo: weibo screenshot

    Guizhou officials are not the first Chinese to attempt to cash in on fresh air as pollution affects other major cities, including the Chinese capital.

    Chinese multimillionaire and high-profile philanthropist Chen Guangbiao, in an environment campaign last year, handed out soda pop-sized cans of air on the streets of Beijing. He said the canned air was from pristine regions such as Xinjiang.

    Tourism officials from the southern Fujian province also showcased "canned fresh Fujian air" when they went on a promotion trip in Beijing this month.

    The news of Guizhou's canned air plan received a lukewarm reaction on Weibo, China's twitter-like service on Friday.

    "We want fresh air, not canned air," one microblogger wrote.

    "What a joke," another wrote, "These officials should resign."
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    There you go. Add to the pollution problem by manufacturing a useless product to show how they're not as polluted.

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    The Chinese and Russian Governments will start producing clean energy as major solutions to pollution before any other developed countries for good reason: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK367T7h6ZY

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    Alas...Zhengzhou....

    I had some great times in that fine city, back in the day...
    Smog-choked city gets a short breath of fresh air shipped from mountain
    Agencies | 2014-3-31 1:38:01
    By China News Service


    Crowds gather to breathe bagged mountain air in Zhengzhou, Henan Province March 29. Photo: IC

    Twenty bags of vacuum-packed mountain air were shipped to city dwellers in Zhengzhou, Henan Province as part of a promotional event to boost tourism at nearby Laojun Mountain, China News Service reported.

    Locals lined up for a lungful from one of the 20 masks hooked up to pillow-sized bags filled with certified air from the mountain area on Saturday.

    The campaign also aimed to raise public awareness of environmental protection, according to Xu Lei, manager of the Laojun Mountain scenic area, located 300 kilometers from Zhengzhou.

    Locals couldn't get enough of the pollution-free air, with some heavy breathers ringing the bags to squeeze out every last air molecule.

    Breathing from the disposable masks was limited to a few minutes for each person in order to stretch the precious supply.

    "I felt my baby move right when I breathed in," said a woman surnamed Sun, who is eight months pregnant.

    "I would love to walk in the mountain's forests after my child is born," Sun added.
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    The mainland does not care, and if they did, they believe they have an endless supply of bodies for capitalist endeavours. That being said, no amount of neo Daoist or neo Confucianist thought would prompt them to enforce health standards for their citizenry nor protect the environment. Same with other health issues, where psychological problems are seen as being induced by the devil meaning no social, financial or intervention strategies to realistically deal with mental health. The Dao is like that

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    The heart of the matter

    China's pollution problem is the world's pollution problem.

    China's pollution is messing with US weather, scientists say



    Scientists in the US are claiming that China's air pollution is intensifying storms as it creeps along the Pacific Ocean, ultimately affecting weather patterns in North America. It won't stop until devours us all, SCMP reports:

    A team from Texas, California and Washington State has found that pollution from Asia, much of which arising in China, is leading to more intense cyclones, increased precipitation and more warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole.

    According to the team’s findings, which were released earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these changes could ultimately contribute to erratic weather in the US.

    The authors of the findings claim to have provided a global, multi-scale perspective of climatic effects resulting from Asia's pollution, one being "intensification of the Pacific storm track", where storms accumulate before coming in to the US's west coast.

    Meanwhile in China, people have proposed absurd solutions to combat the chronic s-m-o-g, including building giant domes over Beijing, deploying smog-busting drones and selling packaged fresh air.

    All is as it should be.
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    giant vacuums? srsly?

    They should make them like monster Roombas.
    Huge public vacuum cleaners proposed to clean Beijing air



    Beijing and the rest of China may be able to continue pouring chemicals and particulate matter into the country's air, but without the staggering health and aesthetic costs, if these massive air-vacuums ever reach production. Gigantic smog-sucking ionizers, strategically placed throughout major cities, may be China's best hope for clean air without, well, making traffic and factories illegal.

    The devices were designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, and featured in the Scientific American. The "vacuum cleaners" would function similarly to small, apartment-use air cleaners, but on a massive scale:

    [The device] uses high-voltage, low-amp electricity to create an electrostatic field. Particles flowing across the field—enclosed in a box—become positively charged and attach themselves to a grounded electrode, which need to be scraped clean periodically. [...]

    Plans for the Beijing device center on a large octagonal structure eight meters tall with intake vents at the top and exhaust vents in the middle, out of which will flow smog-free air. The steel structure will weigh about nine metric tons. To demonstrate the absence of smog in the freshair zone, lasers will shoot out beams, which will be invisible in a particle-free environment.

    It has clean air, a cool design, and lasers. We can't wait to see if this device ever goes into use although (for a large number of reasons) don't hold your breath.
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    Another clean up FAIL

    I wonder how much exhaust this water cannon puts out?
    Giant water cannon won't kill smog: experts
    Ecns.cn, May 13, 2014



    A government department in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, has invested nearly one million yuan ($160,000) in a removable mist cannon designed to fight the city's dirty air, yet experts say the giant sprayer does little to reduce the density of PM2.5, the major contributor to the city's smog, the Beijing News reported on Monday.

    The photo taken on May 9, 2014 shows a removable mist cannon which can reduce dust in air working on a street in Xi'an, Shaanxi province. [Photo/cnwest.com]

    The Parks and Woods Bureau of the city's Xincheng district bought the machine from an environmental equipment manufacturer in Guangzhou with government financing of 900,000 yuan.

    The 10-ton machine can spray water a distance of up to 600 meters and 70 meters high. The water goes up as a fine mist and sticks to dust to form larger particles, which fall to the surface under force of gravity.

    Experts say that as a small-scale effort to dampen dust in Xi'an, the machine can help a little.

    Pan Xiaochuan, an environmental expert at Peking University, said on Sunday that the machine's role in cleaning air pollution is temporary. Although the machine can reduce its surrounding pollutants within a short period of time after water is sprayed, its effects don't last long.

    The machine is effective in controlling dust from construction sites, but it is useless in combating fine particles like PM2.5, according to a professor of atmospheric governance from Beijing.

    "Fine particles like PM2.5 can form pollution layers which are over 200 meters above the ground," said the professor.

    The major pollution sources in Xi'an are coal combustion, vehicle emissions and industrial releases, not dust, he added.
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    maybe not pollution...

    ...maybe the wrath of god.

    Wenzhou river mysteriously turns blood-red overnight



    And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

    A river in Wenzhou, taking notes from a page in the Bible's book of Revelation, began flowing a sinister blood-red color overnight, local residents discovered yesterday morning, despite there being no chemical factories nearby.



    The 350-meter-long river is located in a village of Wenzhou’s Cangnan Country. By the time most residents woke up yesterday morning, they were shocked to see that the water had turned a bright red color.

    According to a villager surnamed Chao, the river water looked normal around 4:00 a.m., but after an hour or so, the red coloring began to filter through. There was no detectable odor from the river, he added.



    “The river's color was normal yesterday," another resident said. "It's really scary to see the clear river turned into 'blood water' in only a night.”



    Only a market, a few homes and domestic rubbish are found along the river. No chemical industries have been built in the village, and the residents claim that they've never seen such a phenomenon before.



    The local environmental department is still investigating the red water flowing through the river. Due to a lack of evidence of industrial pollution, they suspect that the “blood river” was the result of people pouring red pollutants into the water

    According to China News, the river was seemingly back to normal around 5:00 p.m. yesterday and maybe the world isn't going to end after all.

    In 2012, water flowing through the Yangtze River in Chongqing baffled residents when it suddenly turned bright shade of red, and the previous year, the Jian River in Henan province's Luoyang turned red after being polluted by a powerful dye dumped by illegal dye workshops.

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    Three Gorges

    LOOK: Sickeningly huge trash buildup at Hubei's Three Gorges Reservoir



    Residents maneuvering through the massive spread of garbage sitting in the water at Hubei's Three Gorges Reservoir have picked up plastic, shoes, wine bottles, pills, toothpaste, drinking bottles and more abandoned products, China News reports.





    Reporters at the scene photographed residents picking through the trash. This particular day's finds included a drinking bottle and a shoe...



    A LOT of timber...



    Scraps of iron...



    Pills, a sole and a single flip-flop were also found there.



    It almost puts Shijiazhuang's Trash Mountain to shame. Almost.

    [Images via China News]

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    Remember when Three Gorges was all about the dam?
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    It sure didn't take very long to eff that Three Gorges area up. So sad!

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    How long ago was it still pristine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syn7 View Post
    How long ago was it still pristine?
    It was completed in 2012. I'm not sure how pristine it was but I would think that since they basically created an entirely new water reservoir it should have been pretty nice.

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    Do you think it's because of the dam? I'm too lazy to google what was there before and what condition it was in.

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