The Sun Rises on TV Only in Beijing, Smog is So Thick
|January 18, 2014||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
At huge digital commercial television screens across Beijing, the Chinese observe virtual sunrises, since actual ones can not be seen thru the smog.
The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit and the air took on an acrid odor, residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the LED screen show the rising sun in Tiananmen Square.
Smog reached as high as 671 at 4 a.m. at a monitoring post at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. That is about 26 times as high as the 25 micrograms considered safe by the World Health Organization.
Coal burning and car emissions are major sources of pollution.
China has drawn up dozens of laws and guidelines to improve the environment but has struggled to enforce them in the face of powerful enterprises.
Ed. Notes: China could choose other ways to generate electricity and to transport people that don’t pollute. Probably not one fuel would replace coal and not one mode of transport would replace the car but mixes would. Electricity could come from sunlight, windmills, fuel cells, etc.
And cars could be decreased by sharing, similar to checking out books from a library, and by continuous mass transit. In such a system, major vehicles on major arteries never stop; instead, people board minor vehicles at transit stops and those little vehicles catch up to the bigger one, people get on and off, and then the small vehicle stops at the next transit stop.
Another reform is to pay citizens a dividend from the value of land and locations so that people don’t need to crowd into citizens to find jobs … and breathe poisoned air, nor watch sun rises on TV.