Dozens Die in North Asia Heat Wave as Power Supply Strained

Sungwoo Park & Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg, Aug 13, 2013

Record temperatures across North Asia have killed dozens and pushed electricity grids to near breaking point, forcing governments to introduce emergency measures as more of the same heat is forecast. Continue lendo

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Beijing is not the only Asian city with lethal air pollution

chinese-pollutionThe Chinese capital is just one of hundreds of cities where poisonous air is the fastest growing cause of death. A report in the Lancet says that worldwide, a record 3.2 million people died from air pollution in 2010, compared with 800,000 in 2000.

John Vidal, guardian.co.uk, January 17, 2013

Air pollution in Beijing has been described as “apocalyptic” this week with people choking their way through murky streets, short of breath and their eyes stinging from toxic air. But Beijing is just one of hundreds of cities, largely in Asia, where poisonous air is now the fastest growing cause of death in urban populations.

In the past few months there have been acute air pollution incidents reported in Bangladesh, Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Pakistan. In Tehran, the desperate authorities had to close all public offices, schools, universities and banks twice in the last two months; In Nepal the army has had to give up its cars and in Kabul it has been reported that there are now more deaths as a result of air and water pollution than from conflict Continue lendo

Névoa de poluição some na China, mas país precisa mudar economia

Níveis perigosos de contaminação do ar dos últimos dias sofreram redução. No entanto, indústria do carvão e uso de automóveis devem ser revistos.

Globo Natureza, 17 de janeiro de 2012

A China já conseguiu limpar seu ar, mas especialistas afirmam que para evitar a neblina tóxica, conhecida como “smog”, que sufocou o país esta semana, o país precisa superar uma economia alimentada por indústrias movidas a carvão, uma fonte altamente poluente, e ao uso de automóveis. Continue lendo