Beijing’s ‘Airpocalypse’

Reported over the weekend, the pollution in Beijing went off the map’s edge. DCFR addressed this topic in the summer with Rajan Gupta of the Los Alamos National Lab. His slides with some interesting data are here. And an interview here.

One question is: what happens to China’s manufacturing prowess if the costs of health care and illness (among others) from environmental degradation are not addressed? What are the costs of the burden of air and water pollution — economically, politically, and socially? Cleaner, smarter infrastructure choices are just one of many decisions to be made by Beijing. CEO Jennifer Warren has published recent research on the topic of addressing cleaner bigstock_powerplant_718480energy and water infrastructure in China and India.


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