Beijing

China Forced to use “Deodorant Guns” to Hide Stench of Landfills

March 31, 2010 / No Comments

With the growth of the Chinese capital, the 17 million people living in Beijing end up producing 18,000 tons of waste every single day, most of which goes to landfills. With just 4% of the waste being recycled, the dumps that surround the city are overflowing, and with that comes the stench and health and sanitation concerns that the city ...

China Turns to Ethanol-powered Buses from Sweden to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 4, 2008 / No Comments

China is turning to ethanol-powered buses from Sweden to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An ethanol-powered bus made from up north - Sweden (the bus is the same color as Sweden's flag) is seen on the streets of Beijing, capital of the middle kingdom. An ethanol-powered environmentally-friendly bus can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet Euro-V emission standards. But, the 18 ...

Beijing Traffic is Back!

September 22, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing took steps during the Olympics and before to reduce traffic. Readers will remember Beijing's attempt to be like NYC and the government's move to get half of their cars off the road. Well ... Beijing's traffic is back. These two pics show the difference. What GP wants to know is, why can they tell some cars to stay home some of the ...

Beijing Smog Big Concern for Australian Olympic Athletes

August 5, 2008 / 2 Comments

Beijing has been trying to reduce the smog in the city in the lead up to the Olympics. They start this Friday!! Whoopee! But, the Australian government is still not buying into the green Beijing, fresh air thing. In fact, the Australian government has voiced its concern about the effects that the air might have on its athletes. Yeah, and ...

Greenpeace Gives Beijing Thumbs Up

July 29, 2008 / No Comments

I am as surprised as the next guy. I didn't think anybody could make Greenpeace content about anything. However, the environmental extremists have pronounced their blessings on Beijing for their 2008 Olympic Games preparations. "We are glad to see that Beijing has improved its infrastructure in preparation for the Olympics," says Greenpeace China's Campaign director. It has made public transport more ...

China Turns Pandas into Olympic Ambassadors

July 29, 2008 / No Comments

If you build it they will come. If you stage them, they will come. If you put the pandas on display, they will come.  Beijing has brought 8 Giant Pandas to the city and put them on display for Olympic visitors and elsewise. Since June 5th, more than 1 million people have come to see the ambassadors for sport, the ...

How Much Energy Can You Buy with $8.8 Billion?

July 22, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing is a city of about 11 million people. Since 2001, in the lead up to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games the city has spent some $8.8 billion to improve its power supply capability. What does the city have to show for it? 1. Total power supply capability is up 124% 2. The city now has 344 transformer sub-stations 3. The sub-stations ...

Smart Road System for Green Olympics

July 14, 2008 / No Comments

  Beijing continues to pull out all the stops, stop signs?, to make the usual transportation mess more Olympic friendly, greener, too.  There's a plan: 1. Some 500 vehicles used for shuttling between the Olympic village and venues will be powered by electricity, mixed fuel, or batteries. 780 tons of gasoline and diesel fuel will be saved. C02 will be reduced by ...

Green Lung

July 2, 2008 / No Comments

One of the world's most polluted cities, Beijing, will have a "green lung" opening in it after the Olympics finish. The Olympic Forest Park will be a bit to the north of the Bird's Nest, home to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The park cost $1.12 billion! 1. Add 10 years to your life. 2. Listen ...

Half of All Government Cars Removed from Streets

June 25, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing is getting serious about clean air during the Olympics. The city has removed one half of all government vehicles from the streets of Beijing. The move eases congestion, reduces emissions and saves resources for a greener Olympics, which start 8-8-08. "The government wants to take the lead in guaranteeing smooth transport during the Games," said a transport official. The move ...