China says its car boom is ruining air quality

Nov 05, 2010
Chinese motorists get out of their cars to check on a massive traffic jam on the outskirts of Beijing on October 2, 2010. China's booming car sales have had a devastating effect on the environment, the national environmental watchdog has warned in its first-ever report on pollution caused by vehicle emissions.

China's booming car sales have had a devastating effect on the environment, the national environmental watchdog has warned in its first-ever report on pollution caused by vehicle emissions.

About a third of 113 cities surveyed failed national air standards last year as the number of vehicles swelled to 170 million, up 9.3 percent on year and 25 times the number on the roads in 1980, the ministry of environmental protection said.

"All the problems are closely related to vehicle exhaust emissions," said the government report, which was published on Thursday.

Vehicle exhaust emissions exceeded 51 million tonnes in 2009, including more than 40 million tonnes of carbon monoxide, nearly five million tonnes of hydrocarbons and about six million tonnes of nitrogen oxide, the report said.

China's auto sales hit 13.64 million units in 2009, up 46 percent on-year, and are expected to rise by a further 25 percent this year to 17 million.

The ministry pledged to toughen supervision and control of vehicle exhaust emissions.

Projects are already under way in several cities to upgrade petrol stations, oil storage tanks and oil tankers to rein in , the report said.

China's latest Five-Year Plan, for 2011-2015, which was adopted last month, called on car makers to focus on researching and developing new energy vehicles, such as and hybrid vehicles.

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Ravenrant
3.2 / 5 (5) Nov 05, 2010
It will be interesting to watch what a government unfettered by misplaced moral objections and a gridlocked political system will do to solve this problem. The same system that solves their gang problems by finding them and killing them, while we do nothing about our gangs. They are going to bury us while we blow all our capital on military spending.
kaasinees
not rated yet Nov 05, 2010
And where are they going to get all the energy from to power their electric cars? And all the expensive materials for car batteries.

finitesolutions
not rated yet Nov 05, 2010
Solar can charge some batteries on sunny days and wind turbines on cloudy/windy days. They can also burn biomass. Anything that can produce energy helps.
Adriab
not rated yet Nov 05, 2010
And where are they going to get all the energy from to power their electric cars? And all the expensive materials for car batteries.


The Three Gorges Dam, perhaps.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (4) Nov 05, 2010
And where are they going to get all the energy from to power their electric cars? And all the expensive materials for car batteries.


The Three Gorges Dam, perhaps.

Or the 14 new nuclear CENR reactors they've built both on time and well under budget.
KwasniczJ
1.4 / 5 (10) Nov 05, 2010
Solar can charge some batteries on sunny days and wind turbines on cloudy/windy days. They can also burn biomass. Anything that can produce energy helps.
Actually not, the costs of materials plays a role too. For example western Europe switched from incandescence bulbs to fluorescent tubes and it faces the lack of rare metals, because China banned their export recently.

http://www.busine...-2010-10

Biofuels are actually quite dirty for life environment, too. Their production devastates the rest of rain forests. And products of bioethanol burning in gas engines are producing even more smog, then the burning of oil products.

http://www.oilcra..._bio.htm
Modernmystic
1 / 5 (3) Nov 05, 2010
And where are they going to get all the energy from to power their electric cars? And all the expensive materials for car batteries.


The Three Gorges Dam, perhaps.

Or the 14 new nuclear CENR reactors they've built both on time and well under budget.


The ONE lesson we can and should take from China....oh and Japan and France...

I wonder if they'll start shooting people for driving over 2 hours a day? ;-)
frajo
3.4 / 5 (5) Nov 05, 2010
Europe ... faces the lack of rare metals, because China banned their export recently.
Most people would be embarrassed when caught spreading wrong news.
Except Zephyr.
JimB135
4.5 / 5 (2) Nov 05, 2010
Nuclear could provide the energy for electric cars and / or generate hydrogen from water for hydrogen powered fuel cell cars. I agree it will be interesting to see how they deal with this problem since their form of government can get things moving much more quickly than we can here in the US.
Slotin
1 / 5 (8) Nov 05, 2010
Europe ... faces the lack of rare metals, because China banned their export recently.
Most people would be embarrassed when caught spreading wrong news.
News can be only true or untrue. What is bad new for Japanese or Europeans is a good new for the Chinese and vice-versa. I'd support such decision without problem being average Chinese. Why some country should export metals, which are of strategical importance from it's own future perspective?
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Nov 05, 2010
News can be only true or untrue. What is bad new for Japanese or Europeans is a good new for the Chinese and vice-versa. I'd support such decision without problem being average Chinese. Why some country should export metals, which are of strategical importance from it's own future perspective?
The strategic importance comes from holding the source, not from holding the product.

If the Spice doesn't flow, the empire dies.
Slotin
1 / 5 (6) Nov 05, 2010
That's correct, China will continue in treatment of rare metals from raw materials from other countries with using of existing Chinese technologies developed.
Decimatus
3.3 / 5 (4) Nov 05, 2010
I heard the Soviet Union was also a wonderful place with a strong economy, at least until the place collapsed and the world learned the truth.

Once China's bubble bursts and all the investors lose their shirts over it, you will see just how well their form of government works. Just hope that it doesn't finish us off when their economy implodes.
rwinners
5 / 5 (1) Nov 06, 2010
Hey, welcome to the future, China! I remember, vividly, the smog alerts in Los Angeles during the 1950s. Ugly.
Foolish1
not rated yet Nov 07, 2010
And where are they going to get all the energy from to power their electric cars? And all the expensive materials for car batteries.


I don't care where they get the energy from. EVERYTHING is more effecient and cleaner than an internal combustion engine.