china pollution

Two men walk through smoke from burning plastic waste in Beijing on January 11, 2012. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Burning Away Its Ecological Future

Chinese cities have a garbage problem — but incineration is no solution.

People (front) take photos of the Forbidden City (C) on a polluted day in Beijing on October 15, 2018. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing Could Choke The World Or Save It

A new stimulus in China could eat up several of the few years left to avert climate change.

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This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.

ZAOZHUANG, CHINA - JANUARY 03:  A traffic policeman regulates traffic in heavy smog on January 3, 2017 in Zaozhuang, China. Anhui issues an orange alert of fog at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

What It’s Like to Live Where It’s Not Even Safe to Breathe

Locals were once outraged about China's poisonous air — now it’s disturbingly normal.

INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03: Steam and smoke from waste coal and stone rises after being dumped next to an unauthorized steel factory on November 3, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. To meet China's targets to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal, and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. In many cases, factory owners say they pay informal "fines" to local inspectors and then re-open. The enforcement comes as the future of U.S. support for the 2015 Paris Agreement is in question, leaving China poised as an unlikely leader in the international effort against climate change. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about whether he will withdraw the U.S. from commitments to curb greenhouse gases that, according to scientists, are causing the earth's temperature to rise. Trump once declared that the concept of global warming was "created" by China in order to hurt U.S. manufacturing. China's leadership has stated that any change in U.S. climate policy will not affect its commitment to implement the climate action plan. While the world's biggest polluter, China is also a global leader in establishing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China Is Outsourcing Its Pollution

Beijing's diplomacy is increasingly green, but its international trade is getting ever more coal-black.

The Pollution Pain Of Rare Earth Village

Rare-Earth Market

By monopolizing the mining of rare-earth metals, China could dictate the future of high-tech.

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Smog and the Social Contract

Rising incomes are pretty good at buying quiescence. But what causes people to say: “You can’t buy us off this cheaply”?

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The Fog of War Over India’s Polluted Skies

The United States is putting pressure on India to get serious about air pollution. But can New Delhi keep its factories humming and cut smog at the same time?

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Don’t Get Caught Up in the Air Pollution Hype

Sure, the haze and smog problems of the developing world are awful. But they have little to do with climate change.

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