December 18, 2013 by W.E. Ning
Another Chinese city has joined the anti-car club. The port city of Tianjin will restrict traffic and limit the number of new-car license plates in a bid to get more cars off the road to battle pollution and traffic jams. The measures will hurt car owners and the local auto sector.
The city will impose quota on its new car plates starting next Monday, requiring buyers to join lottery or bid in auctions to win a plate, according to a notice issued by the city government on Sunday evening.
November 18, 2013 by Joey Wang
The crusade against cars in Chinese cities continues in an ever faster pace. The newest battle is in the city of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, where local authorities have implemented a strict odd-even license plate restriction system. The measure was launched on Sunday after the city pollution levels exceeded 101 on the official air quality index for three consecutive days last week. Levels above 101 are considered unhealthy.
January 24, 2013 by Joey Wang
Beijing is planning to implement a harsher emission standard for motor vehicles starting next month in an effort to curb the city’s air pollution, municipal environmental authorities said Wednesday.
The new Beijing V emission standard, which could be as strict as the Euro V emission standard used in Europe, will be adopted as of Feb. 1, said Fang Li, spokesman for the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.
January 20, 2013 by Joey Wang
The number of vehicles on Beijing’s roads could be cut on days when the city suffers from heavy air pollution, according to a new regulation released for comments on Saturday.
According to the Beijing Municipal Air Pollution Control Regulation draft released by the municipal government, a certain number of vehicles will have to be off the road during heavy air pollution in order to protect the health of people in the city.
January 15, 2013 by Joey Wang
China has pledged to vigorously curb vehicle exhaust emissions after hazardous air pollution has shrouded parts of the country for several straight days, the environmental watchdog said Monday.
China will take effective measures to limit the total amount of nitrogen oxide emitted by vehicles and intensify supervision over the production, use and elimination of motor vehicles, said Tao Detian, spokesman for the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
January 14, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Sunday morning around 11:00, 3th Ring Road in Beijing.
The air pollution in Beijing reached a new record over the weekend. The density of PM2.5, particles that can kill you, went over 900 micrograms per cubic meter. The maximum considered possible was 500, so the pollution went literally over the scale.
Normally, everything above 300 is seen as ‘hazardous’, meaning you better stay indoors. The air was thick and dirty and smelled like something was burning, everywhere. My throat and eyes felt all weird and breathing was more difficult. Today on early Monday morning the situation is fortunately much better, the density is back to 400 but slowly climbing again as I write this.
The record is caused by an unlucky combination between the normal pollution, fog, and the lack of wind. The winter is normally the most clean season in Beijing thanks to the cold winter winds from the north. This year however the winds stay home and a very dirty capital is the result.