Attention everyone, close all doors, windows and turn on the TV. If you are currently outside please find your way back to your house or step inside a building. What is the threat, you say? Has North-Korea finally done it? A nuclear attack? No, I am afraid it is much worse than that. It is a virus that has been living with us since the beginning of civilization. While young infants are playing outside they are being infected with chemicals such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and nitrogen oxides produced by industry and motor vehicles. Ever thought what the effects might be on the long term?
After a while we get used to things that are shocking at first. Pigs flue, bird flue, the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima and so on. After a couple of weeks everybody just forgets and acts as if it never happened. The same thing applies to this pollution problem.
Air pollution, noise pollution and water pollution are facts which Shanghai citizens need to
be aware off. Next up in line, visual pollution? This should not be taking lightly unless you want visual pollution to become a reality. In Beijing there is one Japanese automaker who is trying to fight this problem by putting more green plants in its Beijing office to help improve the quality of the air. While the company is placing its trust in plant other companies such as JP Morgan, Honda and others are distributing face masks to workers. Speaking of Beijing, don’t they have it much worse in terms of pollution?
Shanghai vs Beijing, you be the judge….
According to China Daily China second city doesn’t have better luck when it comes to clean air. Residents living in the Yangtze River Delta breathed the most polluted air in five years during the past two weeks, China Daily newspaper reported on Jan 29. The situation in Shanghai is not looking at its best, but the city’s bureaucrats have found a way to make their pollution problem cute. Anime-style cartoons visible on the website of the governments Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center that shows a girl in pigtails give certain reactions about the air quality.
Fortunately the Chinese government is way ahead of the United States in some environmental policies. This year next to other five major manufacturing areas in China, Shanghai and Beijing will launch pilot programs to cut carbon emissions. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, by 2015 this program will be regulate up to 1 billion tons of emissions, making China home of the world’s second-biggest cap and trade program, behind only Europe.