The Smog of War: China Battles Pollution
China’s environmental problems have become such an embarrassment to its leadership that the country suddenly finds itself on a war footing. On Wednesday, Premier Li Keqiang, the second-ranked political leader and head of economic policy, formally declared a “war on pollution” in a speech before the annual gathering of the National People’s Congress. The reform is welcome news, but overdue — and the outlook of the strategy Li outlined is about as clear as the morning sky on your run-of-the-mill, suffocating Beijing day.
Li called for the closure of 50,000 small coal-fired furnaces, the removal of 6 million old, emissions-belching vehicles from the streets, and new guidelines for air quality improvement in seriously affected northern Chinese cities. He described the state of Beijing’s air as “nature’s red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development.”
Photographer Chris Taylor made a book about Bill Callahan called The Life and Times of William Callahan and no one told me, even thought I have "I’m just drinking at the dam" tattooed across my forehead. Anyway, I just found out about it on Noisey, where you can see some more photos of the man formerly known as Smog/(Smog) and his surroundings and wonder what he’s thinking beneath those amazing greying locks.