IBM, Beijing partner to reduce city smog

IBM (IBM) will partner with Beijing - increasing the monitoring and forecasting capabilities of the Chinese capital to reduce its issues of severe smog. IBM aims to help the city through its collection of real-time emissions data and forecasting expertise, and to help it attain its 10-year Green Horizon initiative.

Beijing already has an alert system to predict heavy pollution days in advance, allowing it to shut schools and factories when needed, but residents say is not enough.

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    That's wonderful as far as it goes, but it would appear the IBM bottom line would be significantly helped if this experience becomes a foot in a larger door. Also, the Beijing smog problem will be mitigated if people truly act on those warnings, and don't try to hide smog-producing activities. For example, on an intensely cold and dark night, it could be very tempting to burn a shredded tire or used motor oil to keep a heating bill down when it is unlikely others would notice the pall of rising black smoke. That type of behavior will remain a terrible societal problem if it continues to be seen as clever rather than harmful.
    7 Jul 2014, 07:46 AM Reply Like
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