Thursday, March 6, 2014

Will Lethal Pollution Convince China to Limit CO2 Emissions?

China is the world's largest consumer of coal. Its economy is heavily dependent on coal-fired power plants to generate electricity. But, there are not enough power plants to satisfy demand, even with over 600 coal-fired power plants. The plan is build a new coal-fired power plant every week for the next four years. Since China has plans to build more than 360 new coal-fired power plants, this trend will certainly continue into the future. Then, throw in China's legendary traffic into the pollution mix. China has some of the worst traffic in the world and, in 2010, had a 60 mile-long traffic jam that lasted more than an astounding 10 days (for 12 days, in some accounts). What you get is a scary situation regarding greenhouse gas emissions.

But, global warming is not the only problem resulting from this campaign. The smog levels in China are legendary. Take a look at these images.