Smog insurers, authorities tested by latest pollution

 

Testing the Water  |  Graphic by Xu Jun 

 

 

 

 

Smog insurers, authorities

tested by latest pollution

 

 

By Liang Saiyu, Han Xiaojing, Weng Ye and Lu Chang

 

 

 

There could be a silver lining to the cloud of smog that once again shrouded northeast China on Monday of March 24, as new insurance schemes may compensate those choking on the polluted air.

“Smog is also foreseeable in the upcoming Tomb-sweeping holiday, when Chinese traditionally burn incense to remember and honor their ancestors,” said Shanghai resident Li Kui, who has signed up for a specialist smog policy launched by Ping An Insurance (Group) of China.

Li spent 10 yuan (1.6 U.S.dollars) to insure himself in the period from April 1 to 7, with the three-day holiday falling on the last three of those days.

In exchange for premiums of 10 to 15 yuan, Ping An has promised to cough up as much as 50 yuan a day to those subjected to hazardous skies.

The insurance scheme covers seven cities, where pay-out criteria vary, although they are all based on readings from mobile phone app Fresh Ideas Studio. In Beijing, the app will have to show an air pollution index above 200, and in Shanghai, it will have to top 100.

Ping An put the scheme on sale only from March 19 to 26. According the company, it has already sold out of the policies, although it did not specify the number it offered.

“The insurance is a publicity stunt, but it also encourages the public to care more about their health,” said Li.

Beijing’s official Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 228 at 6 p.m. on Monday of March 24, when that of Fresh Ideas Studio registered 212.

The Beijing Environmental Monitoring Center said the smog will probably linger in the coming days, as the weather is unlikely to help disperse it.

The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Ltd., the nation’s largest insurer, also launched a policy on March 18 to compensate Beijingers made ill by air pollution with up to 1,800 yuan.

Despite the accompanying possibility of financial gain from insurance, the fresh bout of pollution has renewed public concerns and heaped more pressure on a government that has vowed to fight the frequent occurrence of smoggy days.

Beijing mayor Wang Anshun said at the China Development Forum 2014, a three-day event which closed on Monday in the capital, that the government is keeping a close eye on climactic conditions, and acknowledged that he was under great pressure when the air is not clear.

The capital invested 8 billion yuan in improving air quality last year, Wang added.

Heavy smog blanketed the Chinese capital for a whole week in February, and its neighbors Tianjin and Hebei had no blue skies in the meantime.

Among the top 10 heavily polluted cities, seven are in north China’s Hebei Province, which encircles Beijing. In addition, Tianjin is also listed among the top 10, according to a report from Tsinghua University.

At a symposium in Beijing on February 27, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged that Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province should strengthen cooperation and coordination in environmental protection.

China is also set to slash steel and cement capacity and eliminate tens of thousands of coal-fired furnaces, according to a work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the country’s recently concluded legislative session.

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei have pledged that by 2017, coal consumption and carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 63 million tonnes and 122 million tonnes, respectively, when compared to 2012.

Over 100 million people live in the three regions, which has a combined area of 216,000 square km.

 

 

 

 

 

Share


2,210 Comments

  1. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of
    plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either
    written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

  2. Appreciation to my father who informed me regarding this web site, this website is truly
    amazing.

  3. Hello There. I found your weblog the usage
    of msn. This is a very smartly written article. I will make sure
    to bookmark it and return to read extra of your helpful information. Thank
    you for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  4. May I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who really understands what
    they are discussing on the web. You actually understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    A lot more people have to read this and understand this side of the
    story. I can’t believe you’re not more popular because
    you most certainly have the gift.

  5. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I am encountering issues
    with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can’t subscribe to it.

    Is there anybody else getting similar RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly
    respond? Thanks!!

  6. I’m very happy to discover this web site.
    I need to to thank you for ones time due to this wonderful read!!
    I definitely enjoyed every part of it and i also have you
    book marked to see new stuff in your web site.

  7. Sling TV wrote:

    We absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s
    to be precisely what I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for
    yourself? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write concerning
    here. Again, awesome site!

  8. shane yeend wrote:

    I believe what you posted made a ton of sense. But, what
    about this? what if you added a little information? I ain’t suggesting your content isn’t good., but
    suppose you added a post title that makes people want more?
    I mean Read China » Smog insurers, authorities tested
    by latest pollution is a little plain. You should look at Yahoo’s front page and note
    how they write news headlines to grab people to
    open the links. You might add a video or a related pic
    or two to grab people interested about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it could make your website a little bit more interesting.

  9. Sling TV wrote:

    Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for, what a material!
    present here at this website, thanks admin of this website.

  10. You’re so awesome! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read through something like
    that before. So great to discover someone with some genuine thoughts on this subject.

    Really.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the web,
    someone with a little originality!

  11. Sling TV wrote:

    I love reading a post that can make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

Leave a Reply

*