This is the seconf part of Polution in Shanghai.
It is the second time my warm hearted reader Carsten send photos on Shanghai to me. Last time, carsten wrote
I would like to help people here to be more aware of, and understand, that if all do a little every day, it will have a tremendous impact.
This time, Carsten sent me another picture taken from CA164:
© Carsten, who kindly gave me some earplugs for F1 race
To be honest, the scene is not the worst in Shanghai. Sometimes, Shanghai’s sky is completely gray or even dark at daynight and visability is only 1,000 meters at most. Polution is a big problem in Shanghai.
Carsten said (used with permission):
I attach a photo taken today from a Boeing 737 (CA164 from KIX, Japan)
a few minutes before landing on runway 34L on PVG. Nasty air pollution, isn’t it ?
You can use it for a posting of pollution. That is an issue worth following up on.
I totally agree that it is an issue worth following up.
How to Follow Up?
This is not an easy question to answer.
Besides the telephone number, email address and website I provided in my last article, I think at least we can do something.
1) Report whatever polution source we see to news hotline or on some public forum or BBS (This blog included). Although most time the voice will be ignored, at least it is something we need to keep doing. (A blog does not make any difference to the world, but keep doing may contribute something)
2) To tell other people about the situation of polution in Shanghai or in China, exactly like what carsten did. I was moved (for the second time) deeply by Carsten, who is an expat in Shanghai but concerns about environment more than most people do (I admit he is doing a much better job than I do).
Any other suggestion?
Small Effort? But It Makes Impact
This is the second time he drop me emails and more than second time commented about polution on this blog. I feel I have the responsibility to talk about polution at least immediately after I get the email. I believe what carsten did at least impacted one person – me, and I hope what I did at least one person – you.
What is Google Doing
Google started to offer 1 USD per installation in China – previously, this program didn’t open to China. Today should be the first few days that a FireFox tab appear in Adsense.
What is Google doing? By investing agressively on a browser (not belong to Google yet), Google wants to occupy the one of the most fundmental ring in the chain – the browser. If there are enough people to put it on, and attracts enough uses to use this browser (with Google toolbar), it will really be scary.