China Air Pollution

China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts

Date of Release: 
Aug 30 2015

Local governments in China have submitted plans to relocate or upgrade almost 1,000 chemical plants in the wake of the massive explosions in Tianjin earlier this month that killed 147 people.

The blast at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals was China’s worst industrial accident in recent years. There has been criticism it was located too close to densely populated residential areas.

China’s industry minister, Miao Wei, said local governments were finally moving ahead to implement plans to relocate and upgrade chemical plants.

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China air pollution affecting California

Date of Release: 
Aug 11 2015

Aside from smartphones, toys and computers, China exports a different kind of product into the western United States — air pollution.

A study released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA found that smog-forming chemicals making their way across the Pacific Ocean from China are undermining the progress California has made in reducing ozone, the most caustic component in L.A. smog.

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