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China Using Drones To Spot Polluters 35

An anonymous reader writes "China is reportedly now using 4 drones to spy on polluting industries, according to The Guardian. The unmanned aircraft can cover 70 sqkm during a two hour flight. According to the state-run China Daily newspaper the drones have helped the ministry 'resolve' over 200 environment-linked cases. The Ministry of Environmental Protection claims that it can tell the type of smokestacks to crack down upon from the color of the smoke."
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China Using Drones To Spot Polluters

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  • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:29AM (#46532601) Journal
    I can see this sort of specialized mission being misused here in the West.

    Border security, drug interdiction, search & rescue... certainly a seemingly endless list of plausibly benevolent drone activities.

    Now that the cat is out of the bag regarding governmental spying on its own citizens with no serious negative repercussions, I'd bet they're gearing up.

  • by Electricity Likes Me ( 1098643 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:33AM (#46532639)

    The idea that China is opposed to environmental protection espoused by so many people is pretty badly informed. China's policy is and always has been that it won't needlessly set itself back - but it'll glad do what it can, because it's not like their air pollution is just CO2 and harmless to their environment.

    So chances are, the whole "China is building X many coal plants per week!" is a very short-lived trend, and when they can go nuclear + renewables, they're going to do it in a big way very quickly, since the benefits aren't represented in a model, they'll be represented in breathable air. Money doesn't much help you avoid 2.5um particulates no matter where you live. Not on any sensible scale.

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