Thursday, February 2, 2012

China Olympic Standards, can it go back?

Remember when China hosted the olympics? This is a bit old but still pretty impressive.
Due to the Olympics, China experienced a stimulated economy due to increase in infrastructure and tourism. Even its environmental standard dramatically improved. One of the biggest concerns was the hampered air qualities due to factories. During the Olympics China shut down upstream industrial companies to help meet regulations for hosting the event. Granted it was short lived, can China, or at least Beijing, have pristine conditions and reduce it emissions?

This  article from ES&T talks about some of the fancy building that where build during the Olympics, how they had planned to reduce energy intensity by 20% by 2010, introduces its carbon program and ambition for reliance on wind.

oh and did i mention that professor Ortolano is featured in the paper? ;]  

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