Category: Pollution

  • Last pre-Olympic snapshot

    Opening ceremonies tomorrow, August 8. This is the view as of 10am, August 7 in the Guomao area of Beijing. Says James Fallows: I suspect that a lot of this actually is “mist,” very high humidity, etc. That is, it can’t be that much more polluted than it was 36 hours ago, when things looked…

  • Beijing Olympics: 12 days to go

    8 am, July 27, 2008, looking south, twelve days until the opening ceremonies, one week into the big shutdown of factories in nearby provinces and traffic in Beijing. [From James Fallows

  • Algae strikes Olympic sailing course

    Australia’s 470 men’s crew, Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page, negotiate their way through green algae on the Beijing Olympic Games sailing course at Qingdao, during training on June 24. Rising sea temperatures have been blamed for the growth of the algae, which has begun to blight the Oympic sailing course just 44 days out from…

  • Olympic countdown

    Beijing-based Atlantic writer James Fallows took this view from his office window at 10am today [June 19] which is just 50 days before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games. [From The Atlantic ]

  • Plastic duck armada is heading for Britain after 15-year global voyage

    A flotilla of plastic ducks is heading for Britain’s beaches, according to an American oceanographer. For the past 15 years Curtis Ebbesmeyer has been tracking nearly 30,000 plastic bath toys that were released into the Pacific Ocean when a container was washed off a cargo ship.

  • Dick Cheney’s Dangerous Son-In-Law

    In March 2003, when the world’s attention was focused on  U.S. soldiers heading to Baghdad, twelve senior officials in the Bush  administration gathered around a long oak conference table in the Eisenhower  Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex. They were meeting  to put the final touches on a proposed legislative package that…

  • Boston Looks To ‘Go Green’ To Curb Global Warming

    Boston is going to be the first major city in the US to require large commercial buildings to be constructed in an environmentally friendly way. It’s all part of the effort curb global warming. Future additions to Boston’s skyline are going to be friendly to the environment. They’ll be green buildings. Boston will be the…

  • Bogus data masks China’s pollution woes

    Soaring pollution levels in China may be even worse than thought because local governments bent on economic growth are lying about their progress in meeting environmental goals. Data reported by China’s regional governments indicates a national goal to reduce China’s two main pollutants by two percent in 2006 has been reached, but calculations by the…

  • Pork’s dirty secret

    According to Rolling Stone, America’s top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat. Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed…

  • Pollution ‘reducing rice harvest’

    The BBC reports that pollution-laden clouds may be partly to blame for India’s dwindling rice harvests, according to research. A US team found brown clouds, which cloak much of South Asia, have a negative impact on rice output by reducing sunlight and rainfall. They discovered elevated levels of greenhouse gases also reduced yields. The study,…