• 6 minutes Corporations Are Buying More Renewables Than Ever
  • 17 minutes WTI @ 67.50, charts show $62.50 next
  • 23 minutes Starvation, horror in Venezuela
  • 1 min Permian already crested the productivity bell curve - downward now to Tier 2 geological locations
  • 1 day Desperate Call or... Erdogan Says Turkey Will Boycott U.S. Electronics
  • 23 hours Renewable Energy Could "Effectively Be Free" by 2030
  • 24 hours Saudi Fund Wants to Take Tesla Private?
  • 1 day Mike Shellman's musings on "Cartoon of the Week"
  • 2 days Venezuela set to raise gasoline prices to international levels.
  • 2 days The Discount Airline Model Is Coming for Europe’s Railways
  • 2 days Pakistan: "Heart" Of Terrorism and Global Threat
  • 1 day Are Trump's steel tariffs working? Seems they are!
  • 2 days Scottish Battery ‘Breakthrough’ Could Charge Electric Cars In Seconds
  • 17 hours Why hydrogen economics does not work
  • 5 hours Hey Oil Bulls - How Long Till Increasing Oil Prices and Strengthening Dollar Start Killing Demand in Developing Countries?
  • 16 hours China goes against US natural gas
Alt Text

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Set New Record

The average concentration of atmospheric…

Alt Text

An Unexpected Carbon Tax Proposal

Dyed-in-the-wool, rock-ribbed Republicans have proposed…

Alt Text

Europe’s Toxic Radiation Cloud Remains A Mystery

Last month’s mysterious radiation cloud…

Barry Stevens

Barry Stevens

Dr. Barry Stevens has over 25 years of proven international experience building technology-driven enterprises and bringing superior products and services to market ahead of the…

More Info

Trending Discussions

The Time has Arrived for China to Take Responsibility for the Environment

This is another fine mess China got herself into.  On March 16, 2013, Huffington Post reported in “Dead Pig Count In China’s Waters Near Shanghai Spikes”:

“The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China’s financial hub of Shanghai has reached 12,566.”

“Authorities in Shanghai plucked 611 dead pig carcasses Saturday from Huangpu river, which provides drinking water to the city’s 23 million residents. In total, 8,965 dead pigs have been found in the river since March 8.”

“Jiaxing — where small hog farms are prevalent — had recovered 3,601 dead pigs from its streams, according to state media.”

“….. there has been no major swine epidemic, but (authorities) said some (water) samples tested positive for the common porcine circovirus and the epidemic diarrhea virus.”

To find out what the Chinese people are thinking, the link to this article was sent to a friend in China. The reply added a new flavor to the situation.

Related article: Highlighting Global Trends in Carbon Emissions

”I’ve read all the news about the dead pigs. It’s so shocking. Till now, the total member of dead pigs is nearly 10,000. When pigs die of diseases, their keepers often dump the carcasses into the river. That’s a big environment problem nowadays. Insufficient laws, insufficient administration and loss of honesty are the main reasons, I guess. Some netizen said: Life is happy in Shanghai. We simply turn on the faucet and oops, here comes fresh pork soup. Though the authorities have assured that tap water is safe, locals still worried about water contamination. It’s difficult to trust authorities nowadays.”

This report comes days after reports of sudden dust storms engulfing entire cities in China, see “Is there a Breath of Fresh Air in China Today?” Add this to the “the scariest environmental fact in the world, that China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world — combined, see following chart.
And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of air pollution, coal use in China is poised to continue rising, if slower than it has in recent years. That’s deadly for the Chinese people — see the truly horrific air pollution in Beijing this past month — and it’s dangerous for the rest of the world. Coal already accounts for 20% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, making it one of the biggest causes of man-made climate change. Combine that with the direct damage that air pollution from coal combustion does to human health, and there’s a reason why some have called coal the enemy of the human race.”

Coal Consumption
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA):

Related article: Snowball Earth: Lessons for Climate Change

This is not to say China is totally in the dark when it comes to environmental stewardship. China’s investment in clean energy grew from $US 660 million in 2002 to $US 65.1 billion last year. Yet, China’s policy to saturate the market with low cost and sometimes low quality solar modules is starting to backfire at home. It was announced today that Chinese solar producer Suntech, one of the world’s biggest solar panel manufacturers, was forced into a bankruptcy court, becoming the latest casualty of a painful slump in the global solar industry.

In closing, China can no longer hide behind a vale of a developing country and assume responsibility for its impact on its people and our planet. Time is fading and the fix gets tougher. The question is whether China has the interest and the resolve to change its status from – Smog, Slob and Snob.

By. Dr. Barry Stevens




Back to homepage

Trending Discussions


Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News