A unique protest against pollution

You may not like Chinese philanthropist and environmentalist Chen Guangbiao, I like him. He has been selling canned fresh air to fight pollution.
Chen said, “Every day we are inhaling the exhaust fumes of cars, and now we have pollution-free air to sell – a benefit to everyone’s health and longevity.”

Canned fresh air is selling well in China. Chen believes a sale of more than a hundred million in the first year should not be a problem. He actually wanted to make a point that China’s air was turning so bad that the idea of bottled fresh air is no longer a luxury.
Beijing’s air pollution reached danger levels. Shanghai, Guangzhou and some other Chinese cities are also dangerously polluted.

China is the most polluted country in the world. Estimated 2011 CO2 Emissions in metric tonnes in:
1. China 8.7 billion
2. USA 5.42 billion
3. India 1.97 billion
4. Russia 1.83 billion
5. Japan 1.24 billion
6. Germany 810 million
7. South Korea 610 million
8. Canada 560 million
9. Indonesia 490 million
10. United Kingdom 470 million

Time has come to sell canned fresh air in other polluted countries.


  1. Zachary says

    Ive been to the Niger river delta and seen some of Africa’s environmental industrial standards. I doubt Canada is worse than them.

  2. dukeofomnium says

    Canada is also very far north, so it’s colder. Heating is a large part of CO2 production, even for a country as relatively sparsely populated as Canada.

  3. lorn says

    in the context of what it is, a very rough comparison, the table is fair enough. But it would be both more informative and useful to provide a column normalized for population or other commonality.

    In the table provided South Korea looks like a saint and the US very much the sinner, by a huge margin, but if you notice that the USA has roughly 330 million people and South Korea all of 50 million the difference is significantly reduced.

    Corrected for population I suspect you end up with a scalar of national development running from undeveloped nations with low CO2 output, industrialized nations with very high CO2 output, moderation in a post-industrial phase, and eventual transitioning to a post-fossil fuel economy that again has a low CO2 output.

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