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Beijing’s Simple Yet Effective Idea to Get People to Recycle (Video)

China has become notorious in recent years for its high levels of air pollution. This, however, is only one of many issues facing China as the country’s middle class continues to grow.

Beijing, China’s capital city, is home to around 20 million people. As a result, the city produces a lot of trash.

On a number of occasions, academics have attempted to estimate just how much trash Beijing produces. They have all failed, due in large part to the fact that the massive trash collection industry in China is extremely unorganized.

So back in 2012, the government of Beijing came up with an innovative solution to their trash problem: reverse vending machines that reward people who recycle with credits that can be applied to phone cards or public transit costs.

A woman uses one of the new kiosks in a Beijing subway station (Courtesy of CCTV)

The machines are equipped with scanners that can identify what type of bottle you are recycling to determine its value. More valuable bottles get you more credit.

Beijing has contracted Incom, the company building the kiosks, to build 100 of the machines across the city (Incom thinks the number will eventually be in the thousands).

34 kiosks have been built so far. Check out the video below to see one of the machines in action and hear how local people are responding to them:

(h/t Pangea Today, The Guardian)

Cleaning Up China’s Air Pollution Problem Will Cost $290 BILLION!!!

While China’s extreme economic growth over the past few decades has been impressive, it has come at a cost due to extreme and significant air pollution. According to the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning deputy head Wang Jinnan “cleaning up China’s notorious air pollution has been given a price tag-$290 billion“.

The clean-up investment’s upside is that it would  increase China’s GDP by nearly $315 billion and create over 2 million jobs, but this hardly outweighs the disadvantages of already having a grossly polluted environment. 

The following comes from Oilprice.com (the leading provider of energy news in the world)

What is beyond argument is that China now has a significant air pollution problem across much of the country and especially over its major cities. Earlier this month the Ministry of Environmental Protection confirmed that 13 provinces suffered record-high levels of smog as in 2013 China endured its worst air pollution in 52 years. Beijing was shrouded in its worst haze in decades in January, when “beyond index” readings of airborne particles measuring 2.5 microns, or PM2.5, one of the worst pollutants, reached more than 20 times higher than levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. “

Although this price seems outrageous, at least the major pollution problem in China is  getting acknowledged seriously. Many of China’s major cities are covered in smog, the environmental conditions in these cities would hardly be considered “livable” by most Americans.

I personally would never want to even visit a city where I would have to wear a mouth cover or gas mask outdoors, and definitely would never by choice permanently live in one.

Check Out these Horrific images of the situation in China’s most polluted cities…

China’s New Problem: Fake Military Officials Planning Prisonbreaks

China is famous for counterfeiting. Fake Apple storesfake pharmaceuticals and even fake meat are commonplace in Chinese cities.

But a new problem has been emerging: in the past few weeks there has been a number of cases of military official impersonation.

On Friday, Beijing-based newspaper Guangming Daily reported that on November 5th, police in the coastal province of Shandong arrested 15 people pretending to be officers of the People’s Liberation Army or PLA (ie. the Chinese military).

The gang of fraudulent army officials had counterfeit badges and “confidential documents”, but were caught when they failed to convince local (real) police officials that they had secured authorization to release a number of inmates.

A strong tradition of brotherhood and relatively non-existent disciplinary oversight has given the PLA a reputation of being extremely secretive in their operations.

It is common knowledge that corruption is rampant and plenty of money is exchanging hands under the table between corporations, government and the military.

Read the full story here.

Check out some pictures of the counterfeit badges and documents, as well as pictures from the arrests, including one where it appears one of the criminals has wet himself. I don’t blame him- courts don’t play in China.

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Were Usain Bolt’s “Go-To” Meal During the 2008 Olympics

In Usain Bolt’s new published memoir Bolt states that during the two weeks of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he consumed around 1,000 Chicken McNuggets. I’m not gonna lie, I am very fond of chicken McNuggets myself, but to eat 1,000 in a ten day period is pretty dedicated. Especially when you’re a world class athlete, in the middle of the Olympics, and expected to have a focused diet.

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Hazardous Smog Covers Beijing (Video)

 Hazardous Smog Covers Beijing (video)

Beijing is hardly habitable lately with air pollution ratings that are off the charts. The air is 5 times worse than in Riverside, California (city with Most Polluted Air in USA). China was even forced this weekend to shut down regions of Beijing schools and airports because of overwhelming conditions from Hazardous Smog caused by pollutants.