Chinese App Tracks Factory Pollution In Real Time To Shame Companies Into Cleaning Up Their Acts

June 9, 2014 9:48 PM

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Chinese App Tracks Factory Pollution In Real Time To Shame Companies Into Cleaning Up Their Acts

Nearly 400 red dots speckled a GPS map of China Monday morning, each one pointing to a factory that's actively violating air pollution limits. Such emissions figures were once kept under lock and key by the government, but now they’re readily available with the swipe of a smartphone.

The map is part of a new app created by a Chinese environmental group to track — and shame — polluting factories on a real-time basis, the Associated Press reported. The app posts hourly updates on emissions that companies themselves report to local authorities. It also allows users to search quickl...

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