Beijing faces overcrowded roads and pollution that is constantly getting worse. Why? According to city officials, it's because of ride-sharing services, including Uber.
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Millions of Chinese citizens have been blanketed in thick smog recently, but where some people see only a dense haze, entrepreneurial Canadian businessmen see profit.
Video: The "airpocalypse" of smog swirling over Chinese cities has reached its most dangerous levels yet. Beijing issued its first-ever red alert today, closing schools and taking cars off the road. How bad is it? According to US guidelines levels are at 6: "Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion."
Beijing issued its first-ever red alert on Monday. The radical measure means that half the cars in the capital must stay off the streets, outdoor construction must stop, and schools must close. The pollution is simply too dangerous.
Remember Carmageddon, LA's massive freeway widening project that was supposed to paralyse the city? (It didn't.) The demolition of a single overpass alone took an entire weekend. Earlier this month, a major Beijing overpass was demolished and completely replaced in less than two days.
It's no coincidence that the China's capital city had clear, sunny skies for the country's huge military parade last week, or that Beijing's dense smog returned the very next day. The Chinese government took extreme measures to guarantee clear skies for the its display, but it took less than 24 hours for air pollution to ramp up again afterward.
China is already home to some of the most quickly growing megacities in the world. Now there's a plan to officially merge several megacities around Beijing into one super-megacity that will house the equivalent of a third of the US population in an area that's almost the geographical size of Victoria, Australia.
Apparently, our New Year's Eve ain't got nothing on Chinese New Year in Beijing. This video was recorded on an aeroplane that was landing in Beijing at midnight of Chinese New Year and it shows all the fireworks going off at once across the city. It looks like every corner is firing off explosions at the same time.
Check out Beijing's new airport terminal by Zaha Hadid: 700,000 square metres in total, with an 80,000 square metre ground transportation centre. It kind of looks like the mother of New Mexico's spaceport, from where Virgin Galactic operates.
The worst smog of the year so far swept into Beijing this week, coating the city in a grainy, deep grey murk on par with what the city endured in 2013, pictured above (though you'll see it's popping up again today). China is trying, hard, to get its air quality problem under control, and is considering some seriously wacky ways to do it. Unfortunately, the only one that will work is also the most difficult.
For prospective car buyers and automobile fans everywhere, motor shows are like Christmas. It's where manufacturers show off their newest modelsm teasing us with exciting concepts which will never see the light of day. To save you from trawling through the numerous boring new arrivals, I've selected the most interesting new whips from New York and Beijing's shows of the past week.
Beijing is one thirsty city. Its population of 22 million consumes barely 100 cubic metres of water per capita — one fifth the international water-shortage level — thanks to a chronic drought in the nation's north. But this massive desalination plant could help supply a third of the city's water singlehandedly.
China's debilitating smog problem isn't anything new at this point — at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travellers, China's biggest online travel agency now offers smog insurance.
Man, do we love talking at how much China's air quality sucks — so much that we've even been suckered into fake viral memes about it. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing's air pollution isn't even that bad... relatively speaking. "Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi," says the Times in an article about the Indian city's smog.
Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed everything from smart highways for the United Kingdom to a dance floor that generates electricity. But his latest project is the most off-the-wall yet: Roosegaarde plans to build and test a pollution-collecting system in smog-addled Beijing.