China’s Air Pollution Is Traveling To The United States

China’s air pollution is traveling across the Pacific Ocean and into the United States, according to a new study.

The study, published this week in Nature Geoscience, found that ozone, which can contribute to respiratory problems when inhaled, has been making its way from China to the western United States. In China, according to the study, ozone levels in the troposphere — the lowest level of the earth’s atmosphere — went up by about 7 percent between 2005 and 2010.

Hundreds of thousands of fish killed by China pollution

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country's battered environment.

About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fuhe river in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing "local government investigations".

Beijing issues new measures aimed at curbing air pollution

China's smoggy capital has tried everything from shutting factories to a massive subway building programme as it battles a severe air pollution problem, but with little apparent effect.

The latest measures are part of a broader plan to reduce the Chinese capital's density of harmful particles in the air by at least 25 percent by 2017.

"It's a declaration of war against PM 2.5," the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said in a statement on its website, referring to tiny particles in the air that pose the greatest risk to human health.

China solicits opinions on harsher environment law

China on Thursday began soliciting public opinions on a draft amendment to the environmental protection law that proposes harsher punishments for polluters.

Public opinions were sought after the draft amendment was tabled for the first reading in August 2012. Based on suggestions collected, the National People's Congress (NPC) Law Committee revised it, and the revised version was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for the second reading in June.

The version for the second reading for the first time specifies that protecting the environment is a basic state policy.

Fish ecosystem on Yangtze 'on verge of collapse' from hydropower plants

Human activity along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River - such as building hydropower stations and excessive fishing - has pushed its aquatic ecosystem to the verge of collapse, a report released on Thursday warns.

Researchers suggested starting a fishing ban along the entire river and enacting a national law to protect the “mother river” of China, as its fishery resources are experiencing a severe recession.

Air pollution cuts life expectancy by 5.5 years in China - study

These are the findings of a landmark study conducted by an international team of researchers, including academics from China's most prestigious universities, published this month in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers found that severe air pollution has cost the 500 million people living north of China's Huai River during the 1990s more than 2.5 billion years of aggregate life.

Smog haze pollutes Beijing's prospects

Walking into the "sports dome" at Dulwich College Beijing, an elite fee-paying international school in the capital's Shunyi District, one's ears pop and the oppression of the city's air begins to lift.

The school has built the dome - a large airtight, inflatable structure that covers the size of about four badminton courts - to provide an area for indoor sports during the freezing winter months.

Beijing smog: When growth trumps life in China

When I wake up in the morning, I pause briefly before opening my curtains, and what I see out of my window is likely to set the tone for the rest of the day.

I am not checking up on the weather. Instead, I want to know exactly how bad the pollution is going to be. On some mornings, it is truly appalling. It is as if the whole city has been turned into a smokers' lounge with a yellowish, nicotine colour staining the sky.

And this month, pollution in Beijing went from bad to... well, dangerous.

Beijing adopts emergency measures for 'hazardous' pollution

Schoolchildren were ordered to halt outdoor sports activities until Tuesday this week, as a dirty cloud of smog continued to shroud China's capital.

This was among a series of emergency response measures adopted in Beijing Sunday when the city's Air Quality Index exceeded 500 micrograms, the highest level. Anything above this is regarded as "beyond index."

Reports of respiratory problems -- as well as the sale of masks -- have skyrocketed, according to state media, and over the weekend, streets appeared emptier, as a sun was barely visible amid a hazy blanket.

Lawyer slams government impact report on offshore incinerator

It was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Department director to approve an impact-assessment report made by his own department on the proposed building of a massive offshore waste incinerator, a court heard yesterday.

Barrister Hector Pun Hei made the criticism on behalf of a Cheung Chau resident, who brought a judicial review against the HK$23 billion project on Shek Kwu Chau, an island south of Lantau.