I make a lot of jokes on this blog but the hazardous levels of air pollution that the Chinese people are currently having to contend with is certainly no laughing matter. I can’t imagine what it is like for Chinese parents who have to explain to their children why it isn’t safe for them to go outside and play. I also can’t even begin to imagine the anxiety these parents must feel when they have no other choice but to take their children outside so they can go to school.
The before and after photos above (click on image to enlarge) that some Twitter user in China posted yesterday shows what a difference a few days can make in terms of air quality when the winds don’t cooperate and all that smog gets trapped inside the mountains that surround Beijing like a horseshoe.
I realize this problem wasn’t created overnight and that it won’t be solved overnight. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see Chinese officials taking the steps they feel they need to take in order to help put an end to this crisis:
China plans to increase its goal for solar-power installations in 2015 by 67 % to reduce reliance on fossil fuels blamed for greenhouse gases and as smog in Beijing reached record hazardous levels this month. The world’s biggest emitter of carbon-dioxide plans to raise the solar target to 35 gigawatts by 2015 from 21 gigawatts set last year, Shi Dinghuan, the counselor of China’s State Council and the president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society, said today by phone.