A step toward a common air pollution index in Europe!
Friday, 21 December 2007,
Written by Julien
I just discovered this website: www.airqualitynow.eu. It is an European webportal to compare air quality across borders.
I think that's a very good news for citizens' awareness about outdoor pollution. Right now, each country (and sometime each city) has its own index, making it really hard for normal people to understand and compare.
26 cities are already participating to this initiative. I hope more and more cities will join it, so Europe could have a well understood Common Air Quality Index!
I created the comparator on this website, so people could translate Chinese pollution in their national standard. I will soon add this CAQI in the comparator...
The New York Times is free since few months only and that's definitely good news (you only need a free registration). They are currently publishing a really interesting series of articles about pollution in China.
Geoengineering, or how not to reduce CO2 emissions!
Saturday, 15 December 2007,
Written by Julien
World leaders are gathering in Bali, trying to agree on how to reduce CO2 emissions and how to limit climate change. Even if the talks result in an agreement setting a cap on emissions by 2020, the reduction of C02 in the atmosphere is a long term issue.
Other options are being developed to prevent climate change much quickly, by engineering the planet. Those geoengineers have many ideas such as injecting CO2 into oceans, storing CO2 in empty gas reservoirs, shielding the planet from the sun...
The more the planet heats, the less those options will seem surrealistic. The following video explains how to create sulfur clouds above the poles to reduce global warming, and explains how this could be integrated in an overall plan against climate change:
China already uses missiles to concentrate rains on Beijing. I guess they could easily propose their skills to reduce the impact of their emissions and to keep focusing on economical growth.
I went on this website to have a look on the huge fires in California. It is really impressive to see that the smoke is spreading all over the southern part of the state.
I also discovered that another hazard listed is the haze over Northern China:
Interestingly, there is not only haze (we are quite aware of that!) but there is also carbon monoxide:
Carbon monoxide is "odorless, colorless, and still toxic, and can be lethal in large amounts. Smaller amounts can cause fatigue, impaired vision, and nausea. Carbon monoxide additionally acts as a precursor smog and ground-level ozone."
The aim of this website is to deal with pollution in China and how to live with it.
We all know that pollution is everywhere in China: air, water, soil, food... And we all know that this pollution has an impact on our life and our health. That's a fact, but what? Should we flee away or should we live in bunkers, eating can food and drinking imported water???
I'm sure that there are other options, to keep living in China and still not altering too much our life expectancy. That's the scope of this website: Talking about pollution, but in a proactive way.
Since february 2008, we not only talk about pollution, we also act: We bring solutions to the market, solutions for protecting our health, solutions for reducing our impact!
Feel free to give your comments and share your own solutions.
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