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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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  • CandleFlight
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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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