Charles Dickens, writing of London in 1852:
"Smoke lowering down from chimney pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snowflakes – gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun . . . Fog everywhere . . . fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city"
Not that I travel up to Beijing much (actually, I don't think I've ever been), apparently according to the UN, it ironically likes what China is doing more than the US:http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1406094/top-emitter-china-doing-things-right-global-warming-un-climate-official
It may be more known for its smog problems and its sizeable greenhouse gas emissions, but a UN climate change official says China is “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming, a report says.
In an interview with Bloomberg at its New York headquarters, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called China’s energy-efficiency standards for buildings and transportation as “some of the toughest”.
She said the nation was realising that such efforts would pay off in the future.
“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at. They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest,” she said in the report.
Figueres, 57, cited the nation’s efforts towards energy efficiency, including helping reduce the cost of solar panels by 80 per cent since 2008 after backing photovoltaic technology, the report said.
Meninlove, you're a dolt. It's too bad age hasn't given you perspective. You might want to familiarize yourself with the Kuznets curve... though to be fair, I think if China had less of a crony capitalist society (much of the heavy industry is owned or controlled by party apparatchiks and/or their kids), then pollution probably wouldn't have gotten as bad given the advances we've made since Dickens' time.