It is the city of Linfen, China and spending about a day there breathing in the air is about the same as smoking three packs of cigarettes.
The scary part is that there’s a lot of cities in China like this. Sixteen out of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China.
Linfen produces what any nation of over a billion people need – a ton of energy. It’s an endless landscape of factories all spewing a bunch of toxic chemicals into the air and poisoning the land and the water.
There’s no clouds, just a permanent toxic smog hovering over the city. Linfen is located in the heart of Shanxi Province. Every day, thousands of coal trucks go between Linfen and the rest of China’s cities. Then they come back empty for more.
China suffers from both local problems and global environmental challenges. So the combined impacts of climate change and local pollution are causing enormous consequences. A lot of the environmental problems in China are very closely linked to the energy consumption.
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From its low point, in 2004, with only fifteen days out of the year with an acceptable level of air pollution, the environmental situation has improved. After a series of negative reports on the extreme level of pollution in the city, efforts were made to clean up Linfen. Substandard mines were closed. Coal trucks were kept from entering the city, resulting in much less coal dust. The city has also switched much of its heating infrastructure from coal to gas. 197 large coal-fired boilers and more than 600 smaller, family-size boilers were decommissioned. As of 2007, 85 percent of the city uses natural gas rather than coal for their heating. The State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has forced many of the less-efficient smaller factories to close and enforced stricter standards for larger factories including mandating the installation of sulfur scrubbers.
Since 2006, the government has taken a series of measures to change the industrial structure, changing the economic development mode, relevant policy was issued such as emission threshold of industrial pollution. Over the last few years the Ministry of Environmental Protection has closely monitored Linfen’s environment. Now it has been listed as a model city for environmental protection in Shanxi Province. Linfen has paid a lot for it as reported, the industrial economic GDP only has dropped 36 billion and the fiscal income has decreased 7.2 billion. Compared with the dropping economic, the environment in linfen has improved dramatically. On February 23, 2014, Linfen has been reported from the “most polluted city” to “model city for environmental protection” on China Youth Daily.
This is what happens when industrialization is chosen to outpace conscious development. The USA did the same thing. When are nations going to think first of the planet and the people before profit and greed?
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