Friday roundup of environmental news and commentary of the week

China environment officials in Xi’an detained for data fraud [Reuters]

A shocking reveal this week as Xi’an officials were detained for tampering with air quality monitoring equipment. The officials are allegedly responsible for falsifying data and stuffing air quality sensors with cotton in order to elicit lower PM2.5 readings.

As incomes rise in China, so does concern about pollution [The Conversation]

Incomes are rising in China, but personal satisfaction is not and pollution is at least partly to blame. As people’s quality of life increases, so does their desire to see environmental action.

Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants [New York Times]

Stunning multimedia story on China’s ‘ecological migrants’- a group of over 329,000 people forced to leave their homes en masse and resettle in government-designated homes after their homes were rendered uninhabitable by environmental degradation and climate change. See the equally gorgeous first part here.

China Halts Construction On 17 Gigawatts Of Coal-Fired Plants [Clean Technica]

China is dramatically downscaling its coal fleet, reported Energydesk this week scrapping coal capacity equal to the total capacity of the UK and Spain put together! Although coal consumption is declining for the third year in a row, the industry is still suffering from a hefty overcapacity issue.

China vows better environmental monitoring to improve health [ Reuters]

Pollution is taking center stage in a new health plan unrolled by China’s State Council.

….and one more…

Is this giant, smog-sucking vacuum the solution to air pollution? [SCMP}

Nope. Neither is this.