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Archive for January 18th, 2012

China’s Brutal Assessment of Climate Change Risk

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 18, 2012

The chicoms, who dont; really have to breathe the noxious fumes the rest of us do, are smart enough to realize that they are in trouvle.
They’ve been torturing their land for so long that the land does not have much more to give.

Ina report, the chicoms have admitted that
“Global warming fed by greenhouse gases from industry, transport and shifting land-use poses a long-term threat to China’s prosperity, health and food output…
China’s rising emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from burning fossil fuels, will begin to fall off only after about 2030, with big falls only after mid-century,
Assuming no measures to counter global warming, grain output in the world’s most populous nation could fall from 5 to 20 percent by 2050, depending on whether a “fertilization effect” from more carbon dioxide in the air offsets losses,

China is the world’s biggest consumer of cereals and has increasingly turned to foreign suppliers of corn and soy beans.

Under different scenarios of greenhouse gas levels and their effects, by the end of this century China’s average atmospheric temperature will have risen by between 2.5 degrees and 4.6 degrees Celsius above the average for 1961-1990.

Water, either too much or too little, lies at the heart of how that warming could trip up China’s budding prosperity.

Climate change will lead to severe imbalances in China’s water resources within each year and across the years. In most areas, precipitation will be increasingly concentrated in the summer and autumn rainy seasons, and floods and droughts will become increasingly frequent

by the latter part of the 21st century, climate change could still constitute a threat to our country’s food security

by 2050 eight of mainland China’s 31 provinces and provincial-status cities could face severe water shortages — meaning less than 500 cubic meters per resident — and another 10 could face less dire chronic shortages.

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Health Watch in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 18, 2012

Im bored so I ll bitch. Bronchitis threatens to ravage my lungs so I keep checking the bj air quality ap from the USA embassy in Beijing. It s freaking scary, check out the numbers
The total is 472 , almost off the charts , but the scary thing is that the pm 2.5’s are 458!

This basically is like saying that I might as wel stuff my head in a chimney, close the top, chuck in coal and start huffing. No kidding, this freaking communist den of inequality is off the hook.

From here. http://iphone.bjair.info/
PM2.5: 458.0 Ozone: 0.0 (No Reading)
Last Update: 10:00 pm Jan 18, 2012

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China Pollution Alert

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 18, 2012

Here are the Beijing smog readings, almost off the charts.
PM2.5: 450.0 Ozone: 0.0 (No Reading)
Last Update: 06:00 pm Jan 18, 2012

This is the only country I know where the mom yells to the kid
” junior you come inside right now! Stay out there any longer and you’ll catch black lung!

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Pollution Pictures fro Beijing- Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 18, 2012

Here are some photos

The first is a screen grab from the US embassy’s air pollution monitoring station.

As you can see, the reading is ‘422’ or dangerous.

For those of us hailing from civilization, such a Chernobyl-like mass of noxious fumes encompassing our being, is beyond comprehension-thankfully.

To put it another way, any measurement of ’50’ or above is considered very dangerous in civilized countries. When levels of 50 are reached, the elderly and infirm are told to stay home.

Funny thing is that I’ve never even seen a reading as low as ’50’ here. I’ve seen plenty of 300’s and even some that were off the charts, but a ’50’, no way.

The second is what a 400 plus day looks like and the third is a shot of that same view in what China terms a ‘blue sky day’ which basically means that you can actually see a few miles off in the distance.

The fourth and fifth shots are of Dawanglu bridge. The one with a cancerous gray hue is today and the other a ‘China blue sky’ day.

In the ‘blue sky days’ pictured, tthe readings were over 100, or twice as much as what is considered dangerouis ffor those of us who live in civilized countries.

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