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Made In China: La's Smog Is The Latest Product From The Asian Superpower Exported To America

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/made-in-china-las-smog-is-the-latest-product-from-the-asian-superpower-exported-to-america-9075646.html

Like so many iconic American products, Los Angeles smog is now being made in China.

That’s the finding of a new scientific study, which concluded that China’s notoriously suffocating air pollution is now drifting over the Pacific Ocean and affecting the Western US.

Yet the study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also explained that China’s increased emissions are a by-product of the outsourcing of US manufacturing, and that the imported smog is therefore part of a “boomerang effect”.

According to the paper, pollution caused by China’s manufacturing for export contributes as much as 12 to 24 per cent of daily sulphate levels in the Western US. LA’s smog has decreased dramatically in recent decades, but the study found that, thanks to Chinese emissions, the City of Angels now experiences at least one extra day of smog per year that exceeds federal health standards.

Westerlies carry airborne chemicals such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and black carbon across the Pacific in just a few days.

A lawsuit looming against all those companies that have off-shored the manufacturing jobs in China?

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A lawsuit looming against all those companies that have off-shored the manufacturing jobs in China?

how would you track the pollution to individual companiies ?

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Almost certainly, any pollution that might make its way back to the West as a result of offshoring industry is going to be considerably less harmful (to the West) than it would be if it was produced locally.

It seems to be turning parts of China into a living hell, though. How much longer are the Chinese going to be content to slave away, turning their country into an increasingly toxic hellpit, in order to provide cheap consumer goods for the West?

At some point the general population must expect a payoff - and you can bet that the leadership must have a longer term plan.

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Almost certainly, any pollution that might make its way back to the West as a result of offshoring industry is going to be considerably less harmful (to the West) than it would be if it was produced locally.

It seems to be turning parts of China into a living hell, though. How much longer are the Chinese going to be content to slave away, turning their country into an increasingly toxic hellpit, in order to provide cheap consumer goods for the West?

At some point the general population must expect a payoff - and you can bet that the leadership must have a longer term plan.

Environmental issues / concern is rising fast on the agenda of the Chinese. That why you are seeing big increases in investment in wind power, solar and nuclear.

Soon you will see a big program of fitting FGD to their power plants. Will be interesting to see the effect on world climate as chinese particulate & aerosol pollution is having a significant cooling effect.

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Almost certainly, any pollution that might make its way back to the West as a result of offshoring industry is going to be considerably less harmful (to the West) than it would be if it was produced locally.

It seems to be turning parts of China into a living hell, though. How much longer are the Chinese going to be content to slave away, turning their country into an increasingly toxic hellpit, in order to provide cheap consumer goods for the West?

At some point the general population must expect a payoff - and you can bet that the leadership must have a longer term plan.

We in the west did a lot of 'cleaning-up' of industry from the 1960s onwards. This is why you always hear industrialists whining about 'red tape' which basically means 'Not allowed to poison people en masse'. A lot of the outsourcing to China has allowed these regulations to be side stepped.

Some may say that sidestepping environmental (and employment) regulations by shifting operations to another country is not exactly part of the march of economic progress, and has in fact been a great leap backwards for significant chunks of western industry. And the answer is not 'allow the US/Europe to pollute us to hell..'

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For the first time since I can remember, the air quality in towns near me seems to be dropping, anecdotally anyway. The odd house belching out smoke from a fire, scarecly seen a few years ago.

I know woodburners have become fashionable in recent years, I guess this at least part of the reason. Walking in a dense residential part of Liverpool was a tad unpleasant at points. People perhaps have short memories or scant regard for the consequences of particulates.

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