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New research indicates that China’s capital is dropping by up to 11 cm (4 inches) a year thanks to excessive groundwater extraction, CNN reports.
Proponents of the affordable, fuel-efficient transit option say that better urban planning would reduce traffic violations, Chinadialogue reports.
China’s capital plans to construct five wind tunnels designed to blow pollutants away and cool the urban environment, CCTV-America reports.
Special bottle collection machines and a smartphone app make recycling easy and financially rewarding in China’s metro areas, The City Fix reports.
Some factories are shuttered, schools are advised to close and outdoor construction is banned, Bloomberg reports.
Beijing authorities began to solicit public feedback on new requirements for vehicles as heavy smog blanketed the city, China.org and the AP report.
Dutch architects have produced a giant air filter that sucks in pollutants and blows out clean air, Chinadialogue reports.
IBM researchers are designing software that can project how bad the city’s air pollution might be and recommend steps to alleviate it, the MIT Technology Review reports.
Beijing would be the hub of a massive, 82,000 square mile corridor that would aim to deploy resources more efficiently, Business Insider reports.
A South China Morning Post editorial applauds the sweeping smoking ban implemented by Beijing and urges other Chinese cities to adopt it.
Beijing and Tianjin are joining forces with four neighboring cities to coordinate anti-pollution efforts, China. org.cn reports.
The independent film Under the Dome highlights China’s over-reliance on coal and criticizes regulators for lax enforcement, USA Today reports.
The pilot will allow migrants to claim resident permits so they can receive health care, pensions and other benefits, Xinhua reports.
Their work fills some of the gap left by inadequate municipal recycling efforts, The Nature of Cities reports.
The series of highways that encircle Beijing are examples of the sprawl consuming Chinese cities, The Economist reports.
Beijing could be a model for overcoming urban woes on a grand scale, the United Nations Development Programme says.
A Beijing-based design studio has created an easy way to upgrade housing in slums without demolishing it, The Pop-Up City reports.
The “Sunshine Schools” initiative is expected to generate 100 megawatts of power from school rooftops in Beijing, according to the World Bank.
Tiny subterranean apartments are the only option for residents who can’t afford pricier units, Land Lines reports.
The air in Los Angeles is less polluted than the 74 major Chinese cities monitored by authorities, the Los Angeles Times reports.