IBM to Help Beijing Fight Smog and Air Pollution

IBM and Beijing will cooperate in using advanced weather forecasting technology and cloud computing to alleviate the city’s stubborn smog problem.

Over the past three decades, China’s central government has tried to lessen the damage on China’s environment caused by smog and air pollution. As part of this effort, China needs to improve its forecasting skills to be able to prevent smog and pollution scares.

Beijing has been using an alert system based on the data received from 35 monitoring stations. However, residents of the Chinese capital stated that the current efforts are not enough to get the job done.

Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, said that predictions are helpful to prevent exposure but are not enough because they only state which days people should only stay indoors or wear masks. — Full Story at China Topix

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