What Can Beijing Learn From Los Angeles’ Pollution Problem?

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California hosts the top five most air-polluted
cities in America. Experts suggest that in the 1960s, LA’s ozone pollution was even
worse than in present-day Beijing. So how bad is LA’s pollution now? And how does
it compare to other cities worldwide? Well, the World Health Organization and the
American Lung Association both measure air pollution primarily by how many fumes and
particles exist in the air we breathe. The fumes come from sources like power plants
or car exhaust, and are referred to as “ozone” or “smog”. Particles, on the other hand,
are solid, and most evident in dust and smoke. Our body is equipped to expel larger particles
by coughing or sneezing, but anything less than 2.5 microns in diameter can get stuck
in the lungs and enter the bloodstream. This can trigger lung cancer, heart disease and
strokes. One researcher has compared living in a polluted city like Beijing to smoking
one and a half cigarettes every hour. In the US, Los Angeles is the worst Ozone-polluted
city, due to its massive car population, and Fresno is the most particle-polluted, as a
result of brush fires and other burning of fossil fuels. California’s pollution restrictions
are some of the nation’s strongest, but the recent drought has thwarted recent efforts
to clean up the air. However, things HAVE improved over the last
half century. At point in 1954, LA was said to have “virtually shut down” for a month
due to smog. Today, LA’s annual mean density for small particles in the air is 20 micrograms
per cubic meter, and Fresno’s density is rated 45 micrograms per cubic meter. Comparatively, Beijing’s annual mean comes
to about 56 micrograms per cubic meter. This is much improved from a mere decade earlier.
The city smog once merited the nickname “airpocalypse”, and China was home to 16 of the planet’s
20 most air-polluted cities. One recent report even suggested that pollution had contributed
to more than 4,000 Chinese deaths every day. However, Beijing’s pollution levels have
since gone down and China is taking steps to drastically curb emissions. They have set
goals for emission reduction in international conferences, and they have threatened to shut
down factories which don’t comply to guidelines. This is not that different from the steps
LA took to reduce their own pollution. The Clean Air Acts in 1963 and 1970 began
a revolutionary change in air pollution regulation for California and other smoggy regions. Laws
mandated strict limits on regional pollution, and were enforced by hefty fines. “Spare-the-air”
days were introduced to the public to cut down on wood-burning smoke. The government
also offered more education and benefits to those who were interested in being more eco-friendly. But other cities, especially in developing
countries, do little to deal with pollution. Today the most polluted city in the world
is New Delhi in India, where existing anti-pollution laws are weak and inconsistently enforced.
International politicians encourage countries like China and India to make new pledges to
reduce emissions, like some did in 1997 with the Kyoto Protocol. As global warming and
environmental change become increasingly important, it will be vital for polluted countries to
clean up their act. Want a more in-depth look at how pollution
uniquely affects China and how deadly it is? Watch this video. Thanks for watching TestTube!
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100 comments

  1. Russia is the most eco friendly country in the world. I'm so friends with the eco system that my best buddy is the cannabis plant that I grow in my porch.

    seriously comrade seriously.

  2. The laws and research should include cigarette smoke as well.
    When hundreds of thousands of people in the city smoke cigarettes… it adds up in toxic levels.

  3. CUMULATIVE CO2 Emissions till Year 2011:-
    USA: 360.709282048 Billion Tonnes
    China: 141.667379055 Billion Tonnes

    Source: CDIAC (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center)
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    CUMULATIVE CO2 Emissions 1900-2002:-
    USA: 303.034 Billion Tonnes
    China: 86.281 Billion Tonnes

    Source: timeforchange. org/cumulative-co2-emissions-by-country (remove spaces)

    It isn't really surprising that Los Angeles pollution problem in the 1960s was worse than present day Beijing when you look at the numbers.
    I am willing to bet that the Great Smog of London in the 1950s was way worse than both Los Angeles in the 1960s and present day Beijing though.
    Londoners couldn't see their feet.

  4. Beijing has around 25 million population and Los Angeles around 13 million, is it worth comparing? I am not sure if population matters much to be honest, also Beijing is more industrialized city I think but nonetheless careless people are careless I guess.

  5. Beijing may be polluted but New Delhi's air is super deadly for anyone's health.And thats before you add India's massive toxic slums and their mountains of garbage.

  6. Could you do a video on international law, it's violation by nations and the consequences of these violations. Thanks.

  7. +TestTube News… Could you feature a Video on the Navajo Nation??? Talks have begun of Succession among the people after the EPA "accidentally" dumped 3 Million Gallons of Toxic Metals into the Rivers that flow through our Tribes Lands, but is it feasible to Secede from USA.

  8. To reduce an unenvironmental pollution within Beijing, demolish all American/Capitalist infrastructures, responsible against the planet's environmental balance of nature.

  9. Does anyone know the background music?

    (I know at least one person is gonna say Darude – Sandstorm but I figured I'd ask anyway.)

  10. The question should be… what can the US learn from China's green energy revolution? 6 of the top 10 solar companies in the world are Chinese, and 4 out of 10 of the biggest wind energy companies are also chinese. The government has taken steps to create demand in both industries and now has become the biggest market for both wind and solar energy. They Chinese are also global leaders int he circular economy (producing products without generating waste). Yes China's past has left behind polluted cities, but those will soon clean up, and their new cities will be much more sustainable than American cities. You are telling the story from a purely one-sided point of view. The US can also learn from China.

  11. Wow —Beijing felt way more polluted than New Delhi, but I guess it could be that people were always hacking and spitting in public in China…

  12. I find it weird how this video is mainly focused on solving Beijing's pollution problem, then barely mentions how New Delhi has an even worse pollution problem than Beijing.

  13. Why on earth Beijing should learn from a U.S city? China unlike Japan never a US ass kisser. I mean there are many good examples from Europe. London or Ruhr etc etc. Beijing can learn. When its come to industrialization clearly Europe is way more representative! Good job on taking credits from everything on earth!Why not say US invented pollution?

  14. As a Christian, I'm not gonna use all my time trying to "save" an earth that has a temporary life span anyway. I've got bigger things to do. Like saving souls

  15. Please put more effort in your research and get the lingo right. This channel used to be a good source of reliable information. Don't rush videos and neglect quality.

  16. The problem with Los Angeles is that naturally, the city is very vulnerable to pollution since LA is surrounded by mountains and wind from the Pacific keeps smog confined in the city. Also it is a problem that since Los Angeles is spread out and is the largest city in the most densely populated state in the US, there are way too many cars and public transport actually makes our lives harder commuting. From all these factors I am not surprised that LA is very polluted and I feel that though we force businesses to reduce emissions, pollution will still be a big problem in Los Angeles.

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  18. It's nice to know that LA has made improvements on its air quality. What I feel the people of California and the rest of the country and world deserve is a quantum leap, and improvements, instead of a baby step. One thing that would definitely help! is growing hemp. And fully exploring and monopolizing on his true potential. Why do I say hemp . Because when you grow it it produces 3 to 4 times the amount of oxygen is 1 acre of trees…… and sucks in 3 to 4 times the amount of carbon as 1 acre of trees……. 1 acre of hemp can produce enough bio fuel to fuel 40,000 cars for a year. The waste left behind from hemp bio-fuel. Is equal to what you exhale. Look it up learn about it. So you can make a informed decision of its significance. . Another thing you can do" is wish or pray for the people who are responsible for doing something about this to be held spiritually accountable for the end result of their job.

  19. wtf soo Beijing is polluted and that's where Usain Bolt just Won 100m and little kid from nowhere win the marathon

  20. I'd really lik to know, which song it is that you used in this video. Can I find it (and maybe the others) somewhere?

  21. LA has bad pollution but in Peking it's so bad at times you can barely see a yard in front of you. Don't fucking bullshit.

  22. why doesn't California rely more on solar energy, I mean it's probably sunny there all year long, with very little climate change

  23. Majority of China's pollution is due to rich developed Western (including Japan) contract China to manufacture things for ever increasing consumption and bottomless appetite of Westerners. |n another words, developed nations exported pollution into other region of Earth since China open its door in the 1970's embarrassing Globalization promoted USA.
    Since then, American garbage and pollution problems has reduced drastically.

  24. Actually the solution to Los Angeles' pollution problem is not one most Angelenos would like expansion of public transportation Beijing's solution? green technology find a way to industrialize and increase material quality of life without hurting the environment the solution is solar wind and hydropower and China is in fact using those technologies on a massive basis

  25. alright I'm game for commercials at the beginning of the videos. but if I have to watch one more lemonade commercial I'm going to die please randomize them thank you and keep up the good work you guys rock

  26. LA has so-so air quality not because of cars but because of geology. Mountains trap the basin's air in a big pocket that creates a haze noticed in the 1700's. Modern cars hardly pollute at all compared with the junk of the 1950's-1970's. Take it from me LA's air is MUCH better than it was back then. What I want to know is who are TestTube News and why do they spin the news so badly?

  27. The government need to recognise Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) and Hydrocarbons properly on pollution metres. 'Cleaning' up an engine just creates a different, less visible but as if not more deadly problem. Hydrocarbons seep readily in to the bloodstream and affect cognition whilst causing brain and other tissue damage. Spread the word please, I wrote this myself from my own research but people need to be aware that there is more to pollution than microparticles.

  28. You know what I'm from the FL and people love to talk shit about my state. Saying that is a shithole but to tell you the truth I rather live in FL than LA or CA in that truth because CA is a shithole

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