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Jokes and air purifiers: life of Beijingers in the days of smog

 

As with many of the country’s more solemn situations, the choking smog blanketing Beijing since Monday has evoked such wisecracks from social media users making light of the dire air situation.

In the past few days, jokes on the topic have become one of the most discussed threads on China’s largest microblogging site Sina Weibo.

But despite the light-hearted approach to the pernicious atmosphere, the capital’s residents are feeling the impact of what is the most severe bout of smog in Beijing since July.

The National Meteorological Center (NMC) upgraded Tuesday’s yellow alert to orange, the second highest, on Thursday afternoon. It suggested people stay indoors and wear masks if going out.

Dou Chen returned from the UK to China this February. Since coming home, she has suffered from a nettle rash for five months. A blood test found that she is allergic to substances in the air.

“When I travel outside Beijing, my symptoms are relieved,” she said. But in the past two days, the rash worsened.

In the Guang’anmen Hospital, a doctor told her the symptom were affected by the smog.

An unnamed staff member with the Beijing Children’s Hospital told Xinhua although they haven’t seen an obvious rise of patient numbers yet because the smog just started, they were told to prepare for a peak in respiratory problems.

Wang Xia, 34, is a teacher with the No. 25 Middle School. “Whenever persistent smog occurs, more students ask for sick leave,” she said. “In a class with about 40, once more than 10 students left in the afternoon.”

The environment watchdog in Beijing blamed farmers’ burning fields of straw for causing the smog, an allegation doubted by Beijingers.

But Li Lixin, an air pollution treatment official with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, said a satellite test conducted during the summer of 2013 showed a discharge from widespread straw fires could drive up the PM 2.5 reading in Beijing from 110 to 460 micrograms per cubic meter in a few hours.

Still, web users question the charge.

“Agriculture has been a vital industry in China for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, and it is the tradition in rural areas to burn straw after autumn harvest and plough to bury the ashes in the ground as fertilizer,” said a Weibo user nicknamed Sunflower. “But why we didn’t have smog in the past?”

At such criticism, Wang Yu, head of the energy ecology department of the Beijing Agricultural Bureau, admits pollutants were mainly from motor vehicle exhausts, coal burning, industrial production and dust, rather than burning straw.

“But this is the season for burning straw, coinciding with a special climate which features high humidity and lack of wind,” he said. “It was like the straw that breaks the camel’s back, worsening the air pollution.”

Beijing and its surrounding provinces have banned straw burning. And anti-smog measures didn’t stop there.

In addition to the straw ban, the city pledged to replace coal with cleaner burning energy like electricity and natural gas for domestic use. They also hope to curb coal sales and use by the end of 2020, as well as other high-pollution fuels, such as fuel oil, petroleum coke, combustible waste and some biomass fuel.

Beijing has also raised the discharging fees for major pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide this year.

Li Lixin noted that it might take time to see the achievements of such measures, but the government has attached great importance to the issue, and people’s awareness of environmental protection has improved.

In the meantime, Beijingers are avoiding the outdoors and doling out thousands to protect themselves indoors.

An old man surnamed Cheng said his friends with asthma and bronchitis would remind each other not to go out in smoggy days.

Wang Xia’s school has stopped outdoor activities for students. “What if we could have air cleaners installed in each classroom,” she said.

According to a Mr. Zhang, a sales representative of electrical appliance brand SHARP on e-commerce platform JD.com, sales of air purifiers almost doubled in the past two days.

Fu Baoling, a retired worker, just bought a purifier for 2,100 yuan (about 342.6 U.S. dollars). “My granddaughter is young, so I bought this especially for her,” she said. “I don’t know whether this is effective or not. I just hope the sky could clear up soon.”

Automotive Air Filters Market Is Expected To Reach USD 6.10 Billion By 2020 : Radiant Insights,Inc

San Francisco, May 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global automotive air filters market is expected to reach USD 6.10 billion by 2020. Growing demand from the automotive industry, particularly in BRIC nations, on account of increasing disposable income and growing industrialization rate is expected to remain a key driving factor for the market. Rising consumer awareness regarding health disorders caused due to contaminated air in the car cabin is also expected to have a positive influence on market growth. Environmental hazards related to combustion engine vehicles have led to the growth of electric vehicles, which contributes negligible emissions but also requires less maintenance of the engine. Growth of electric vehicle industry is expected to challenge automotive air filter demand over the forecast period.

Cabin filters dominated the global automotive air filters product segment and accounted for 51.3% of total market revenue in 2013. Cabin filters are also expected to be the fastest growing product segment, at an estimated CAGR of 8.5% from 2014 to 2020. Consumer shift towards reducing bad odor and minimizing health disorders caused due to air pollutants inside the vehicles is expected to fuel demand for cabin air filters over the forecast period.

Further key findings from the study suggest:

  • Passenger cars were the largest application for automotive air filters market and accounted for 51.5% of total market revenue in 2013. Growth of passenger cars ownerships particularly in emerging markets of India, China and Brazil is expected to drive air filters demand in passenger cars. Automotive air filter demand in two wheelers is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 8.5% from 2014 to 2020.
  • Aftermarket dominated automotive air filter demand, at over 70% of total market revenue in 2013. It is also expected to be the fastest growing end-use segment at an estimated CAGR of 8.2% from 2014 to 2020. Consumer shift towards replacing air filters in order to minimize maintenance cost is expected to drive the automotive air filters demand in aftermarket.
  • Asia Pacific emerged as the leading regional market and accounted for 49.3% of total market revenue in 2013. Asia Pacific is also expected to be the fastest growing regional market for automotive air filters at an estimated CAGR of 8.5% from 2014 to 2020. Growth of automotive industry in emerging markets of China, India and Indonesia is expected to drive the regional market. North American market is expected to witness steady growth on account of recovery of automotive industry in the U.S. and favorable regulatory scenario in the region.
  • Top market participants accounted for less than 50% of the total market revenue in 2013. The market has witnessed mergers and acquisitions over the last few years. This trend is expected to continue and the market is expected to move towards consolidation over the next several years. Some of the leading participants operating in the global market include Mann+Hummel, Affnia, Cummins and Mahle Industries.

Air Purifier Market Growth Projected at 12% CAGR to 2020

The air purifier market is driven by the surging pollution levels, depleting air quality leading to increasing prevalence of the air borne diseases. The report titled Global Air Purifier Market: Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021) – (By Value, By Filter Technology – HEPA, ION & Ozone, Activated Carbon; By Region – North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, RoW; By Country – US, UK, Canada, China, India; Key Players; Recommendations) has analyzed the potential of Global Air Purifiers market and provides statistics and information on market size, shares and trends.

The report intends to provide cutting-edge market intelligence and help decision makers take sound investment evaluation. Besides, the report also identifies and analyses the emerging trends along with major drivers, challenges and opportunities in the Global Air Purifier market.

Global Air Purifiers Market has been growing at a moderate rate over the last five years on account of upsurge in the carbon dioxide emissions leading to surging prevalence of deaths owing to air pollution. During 2016-21, Air Purifiers Market is anticipated to grow at an increased rate on the back of intensifying government regulations in various parts of the world. Moreover, increasing demand for various types of air purifiers such as vehicle mounted as well as portable air purifiers has been anticipated to propel thrust in the sales of air purifiers in the future.

According to research report, Global Air Purifier Market: Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021) – (By Value, By Filter Technology – HEPA, ION & Ozone, Activated Carbon; By Region; By Country – US, UK, Canada, China, India; Key Players; Recommendations), global Air Purifiers Market is projected to exhibit a CAGR of over 12% during 2015 2020.

In 2015, HEPA air purifiers comprised of around 60.39% share of the overall market owing to is the imperative role being played by the HEPA in the abatement of ambient as well as household air pollution. Few of the leading companies operating in Global Air Purifiers Market are Coway, Camfil, IQ Air, Honeywell Inc., etc.

Scope of the Report: The report provides Segmentation by Filter Technology: HEPA, ION & Ozone and Activated Carbon. The report provides coverage by Region: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). The report provides coverage by Country: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China and India. Air Purifiers Market: By Value (Historic 2011-15) and By Value (Forecast 2016E-2021F).

 

 

The Surprising Benefits of Air Purifiers

Here are several surprising benefits of air purifiers I have noticed after purchasing and using an air purifier/ionizer for the last few years. The best air purifier for you is usually not that hard to find with some basic research.

Pets share our homes every day and bring with them pet odors, urine stains, and skin dander. For family members who have allergies, these odors can be upsetting and cause respiratory distress, which may result in a visit to the hospital with expensive and prolonged treatment.

Vacuuming isn’t enough to remove all these pollutants daily. We all love our domestic animals, but did you know:

• Having a cat in your bed or lounge can result in skin dander being left in the bed linen and the lounge fabric.
• Dogs bring into the home odors and germs from outdoors into the house.

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You will need a decent air purifier for pets. Thankfully, Olansi  K06 Air purifier has been designed specifically to eliminate these allergens from your home. The Olansi  K06 Air purifier uses HEPA (High-Efficiency Particular Air) filtration that quickly purifies and freshens the room air and relieves itchy stinging eyes for allergy sufferers. The HEPA system cleans the air in as little as two hours after using the air purifier in any room through the use of four filters to clean and return clear air. This unit can be moved around safely in its carry bag.

Have you had to leave a party or your dinner guests due to an attack of asthma or an allergic reaction to allergens floating in the air? Not only is it embarrassing and stressful, depending on the cause of the reaction you may need medication to quell the symptoms.

Have you had to leave a party or your dinner guests due to an attack of asthma or an allergic reaction to allergens floating in the air? Not only is it embarrassing and stressful, depending on the cause of the reaction you may need medication to quell the symptoms.

• The cause of hay fever is pollen particles in the air in spring, which causes irritation to the eyes and may lead to an asthma attack in susceptible adults and children alike.
• Mould spores thrive in damp and humid areas, such as bathrooms causing severe lung infections and breathing difficulties if inhaled.
• Dust mites live in the dust in your home and have been scientifically proven to cause skin allergies.

The Olansi  K06 Air purifier removes 99.99% of common pollutants using its HEPA Antimicrobial filter system, and a carbon filter, eliminating mold and dust particles. This unit has been rated and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for use to reduce asthma attacks.

 

 

The world’s largest air purifier sucks in smog and turns it into jewellery

The air we breathe is not as clean as it once was – and in many cases, it is getting worse.

According to a recent study by researchers at UC Berkeley, smog kills about 4,000 people every day in China. And in the US about 4 in 10 people live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association.

To help clean up our air and make it breathable again, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created a 23-foot (7-metre) tall air purifier called the Smog Free Tower.

The tower-like device essentially sucks up smog like a vacuum from the top and then releases the filtered air through its six-sided vents. It can clean more than 30,000 cubic metres of air per hour and runs on 1,400 watts of green energy.

The project, which was funded on Kickstarter, took Roosegaarde about three years of research and development, but he is finally showing off the prototype of his giant air purifier this week in Rotterdam. According to Roosegaarde’s website, the air purifier was specifically created to be used in public parks.

Roosegaarde describes how the tower works on its Kickstarter page:

“By charging the Smog Free Tower with a small positive current, an electrode will send positive ions into the air. These ions will attach themselves to fine dust particles.

A negatively charged surface – the counter electrode – will then draw the positive ions in, together with the fine dust particles. The fine dust that would normally harm us, is collected together with the ions and stored inside of the tower. This technology manages to capture ultra-fine smog particles which regular filter systems fail to do.”

But the well-designed air purifier doesn’t just clean up smog, it can also be used to make fine jewellery.

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The fine carbon particles that the tower collects can be condensed to create tiny “gem stones” that can be embedded in jewellery pieces like rings and cufflinks. Each of the tiny stones is the equivalent of 1,000 cubic metres of air.

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While the prototype is currently in Rotterdam, Roosegaarde aims to eventually roll out other models in Beijing, Mexico City, Paris, and Los Angeles.

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This article was originally published by Tech Insider.

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China to deploy the world’s largest outdoor air purifier in Beijing

China will deploy world’s largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog- hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing’s 751 D Park art area. The ‘Smog Free Tower’ will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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The tower can capture about 75 percent of PM 2.5 and PM 10 tiny particles in its vicinity and then release purified air to create a “bubble” of fresh air around it. The tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour through its patented ozone-free ion technology. Beijing has been plagued with heavy smog since the beginning of October. The city’s environmental authorities issued a “yellow alert” for air pollution on Tuesday. “Yellow alert” is the third-most serious level in a four tier color-code warning system. Red is the most serious and orange the second-most serious while blue is the least serious pollution level.

The average PM2.5 density of the small deadly polluted particles crossed over 300 today even though a cold front in the morning cleared the smog a bit. Liu Guozheng, CFEJ secretary-general said the tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat the smog. The public, meanwhile, are bemused by the tower’s function and have called on authorities to curb dangerous sources of polluting particles, the daily said. ALSO READ: China resolved 77,000 telecom and internet fraud cases, punished 43,000 people

Netizens expressed their frustration over the tower. “The so-called divine smog cleaner is more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero difference to cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it won’t make any difference. The air will stay polluted,” the daily quoted a comment by Sina Weibo user. ALSO READ: China could be the only country with space station in 2024

 

 

China To Deploy World’s Biggest Air Purifier In Beijing To Fight Heavy Smog

China will deploy the world’s largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog-hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing’s 751 D Park art area.

Biggest Air Purifier

The ‘Smog Free Tower’ will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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The tower can capture about 75 per cent of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) and Particulate Matter 10 (PM 10) tiny particles in its vicinity and then release purified air to create a “bubble” of fresh air around it. The tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour through its patented ozone-free ion technology.

Beijing has been plagued with heavy smog since the beginning of October. The city’s environmental authorities issued a “yellow alert” for air pollution on Tuesday. “Yellow alert” is the third-most serious level in a four tier colour-code warning system. Red is the most serious and orange the second-most serious while blue is the least serious pollution level.

Biggest Air Purifier

The average PM2.5 density of the small deadly polluted particles crossed over 300 today even though a cold front in the morning cleared the smog a bit. Liu Guozheng, CFEJ secretary-general said the tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat the smog.

The public, meanwhile, are bemused by the tower’s function and have called on authorities to curb dangerous sources of polluting particles, the daily said. Netizens expressed their frustration over the tower.

“The so-called divine smog cleaner is more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero difference to cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it won’t make any difference. The air will stay polluted,” the daily quoted a comment by Sina Weibo user.

Smog-free tower: China to deploy world’s largest outdoor air purifier in Beijing

Cina will deploy the world’s largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog- hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing’s 751 D Park art area.

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The ‘Smog Free Tower’ will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The tower can capture about 75% of PM 2.5 and PM 10 tiny particles in its vicinity and then release purified air to create a “bubble” of fresh air around it. The tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour through its patented ozone-free ion technology.

Beijing has been plagued with heavy smog since the beginning of October. The city’s environmental authorities issued a “yellow alert” for air pollution on Tuesday. “Yellow alert” is the third-most serious level in a four tier color-code warning system. Red is the most serious and orange the second-most serious while blue is the least serious pollution level.

The average PM2.5 density of the small deadly polluted particles crossed over 300 today even though a cold front in the morning cleared the smog a bit. Liu Guozheng, CFEJ secretary-general said the tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat the smog.

The public, meanwhile, is bemused by the tower’s function and have called on authorities to curb dangerous sources of polluting particles, the daily said.

Netizens expressed their frustration over the tower. “The so-called divine smog cleaner is more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero difference to cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it won’t make any difference. The air will stay polluted,” the daily quoted a comment by Sina Weibo user.

One-quarter of air purifiers fall short of quality standard

One-quarter of air purifiers sold on the domestic market are substandard, an inspection by China’s top quality authority showed.

The inspection, conducted in the first half of this year, found 15 of the 61 batches of products were substandard, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Baoding East Railway Station is seen in Baoding, north China's Hebei Province, Oct. 19, 2016. A yellow alert for air pollution was issued on Wednesday in Hebei Province. (Xinhua/Wang Xiao)

This is the first time that the administration has organized a national quality inspection aimed at air purifiers, and the inspection covered most well-known air purifier brands available in China, said Zhang Wenbing, chief for quality supervision at the administration.

The inspection covered nearly 20 percent of China’s air purifier producers, and of the models by big enterprises, 90 percent were up to standard, much higher than average, according to the administration.

No products by big brands such as Honeywell, Samsung and Midea were found to be substandard.

However, purifiers made by Chinese firms Guangdong Jingba Technology Co. and Shanghai Xinsong Electronics Co. were found to be substandard, due to respective issues of failing to remove methanol and failing noise standards.

“Results of the inspection can provide the basis for consumers to choose air purifiers,” said Song Guangsheng, director of the National Quality Supervision and Inspection Center for Indoor Environment and Environmental Products.

With increasing demand for purifiers in recent years, the number of producers has also risen, but many purifiers on the market may not work as well as advertised, he said.

“Many air purifier brands claim to be able to remove methanol, but in fact, few of them are able to do so,” Song said.

In the first half of the year, 4.5 million air purifiers were sold in China, 58 percent more than the same period last year, according to media reports.

Zhang Xiao, an inspector at the National Quality Inspection Center for Household Electrical Appliances, said China has strict quality standards for air purifiers, and some key indexes include noise level, capacity to remove pollutants and purifiers’ toxic emissions.

‘Smog Free Tower’, largest air purifier in Beijing, sparks controversy

A “Smog Free Tower” undergoing tests in Beijing’s famed 798 art zone has sparked controversy amid continuous heavy smog in the last couple of days.

The seven-meter-high metal structure, designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and introduced to the Chinese capital as the world’s largest air purifier in late September, opened for testing and adjustment recently.

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The tower boasts a capacity to purify 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour and an ability to capture at least 75 percent of PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles, creating a fresh-air area around the tower, China Youth Daily reported.

The designer also said that particles collected by the tower could be processed into black gems.

Some experts questioned the usefulness of the newly-installed air purifying tower. According to calculations by an expert, it can absorb merely 4.5 grams of PM 2.5 an hour on heavy pollution days, which is less than the equivalent of a spoonful of salt, the paper reported.

“It would work better to have the construction site covered by a piece of cloth,” the expert joked.

In other cities, various facilities aimed to combat smog have also been installed. “Perhaps people are desperate about combating smog,” commented He Jijiang of Tsinghua University.

But those smog-treating facilities are only experimental and cannot solve the fundamental problems, He said.

Beijing was again shrouded in smog, with particle concentration in the air continuing to rise from midday on Tuesday, and the heavy pollution had lasted 19 hours as of midday Wednesday.

Six of the capital’s monitoring sites reported heavy pollution, which continued to worsen, prompting the Beijing Meteorological Service to issue a yellow alert for air pollution on Wednesday, the fifth of its kind since the beginning of October.