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Did China Reduce More Air Pollution Than US + EU?!

Did China Reduce 4X More Air Pollution Than US/EU?!

Did China reduce 4X more dangerous PM2.5 air pollution than the US and Europe?!

Take a look at viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : China Reduced 4X More Air Pollution Than US / EU!

The Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens are now promoting the story of how China reduced 4X more air pollution than the US and Europe.

This is based on a Bloomberg article, which declared “China has reduced air pollution nearly as much in seven years as the US did in three decades, helping to bring down average global smog levels in the process“.

Let’s take a closer look at the story, and see what the facts really are!

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China Significantly Reduced Air Pollution But Still Far From US / EU Levels

One can readily see why the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens are ecstatic about this, and they have the right to be.

That said, they are turning the great progress China has made into a pissing contest with the US and Europe. So let me just set the record straight.

Fact #1 : China Reduced Air Pollution By Almost 40%

First, let me confirm that the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) did indeed report that China successfully reduced dangerous PM2.5 air pollution by almost 40% between 2013 to 2020.

China must be congratulated for making such an incredible improvement, even though its 9% drop from 2019 to 2020 can be attributed to a drastic reduction of economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This isn’t just a technical achievement. The reduction in dangerous PM2.5 air pollution is estimated to add 2 years to the life expectancy of the Chinese people.

We should also applaud the Chinese for their very significant contribution to reducing global air pollution – without which, the global average air pollution would have increased, instead of fallen.

Fact #2 : China Air Pollution Was Incredibly High

Now, if the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens just celebrated that achievement, I would have celebrated it with them.

However, since they turned it into a pissing contest, I should point out that a big reason for China’s massive reduction was its incredibly bad PM2.5 air pollution.

Back in the early 2000s, air pollution in China grew so bad that the Air Quality Index (AQI) actually exceeded 500 points for the first time in November 2010 – far beyond the index limit of 300!

The US embassy in Beijing at that time labelled it as “crazy bad”, but later amended it to a more diplomatic “beyond index” – a feat that China repeated 3 times in the next year.

Air pollution was so bad the Chinese government asked foreign consulates to stop publishing their own air quality data. But it didn’t matter – even official Beijing data showed readings of up to 700!

It is from these dubious heights that China finally announced their “War Against Pollution”. Their incredible achievement in reducing air pollution was only made possible by the incredible air pollution they created in the first place.

China = national average, BTH = Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, YRD = Yangtze River Delta, PRD = Pearl River Delta

Fact #3 : Air Pollution In China Still High

Despite cutting down air pollution by almost 40% from 2013 to 2020, China still has high amounts of air pollution.

The EPIC chart above shows that the national average for air pollution in China remains above 30 µg/m³ – 6X above the new WHO guidelines.

Fact #4 : Pollution Reduction Partly Due To Lower Economic Activity

The EPIC report noted that 9% of the drop in China’s air pollution was from 2019 to 2020 – when economic activity in China was drastically reduced due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Without that 9% drop, the reduction in air pollution would be far less impressive, and China would be recording PM2.5 air pollution at about 35 µg/m³.

Fact #5 : US Has Far Lower Air Pollution

The wumao and pro-CCP netizens may cackle at how China managed to cut their air pollution 4X faster than the US, but that is only possible because the US already has relatively low air pollution.

Even though the United States actually increased its air pollution since 2019, its PM2.5 air pollution levels in the US remain 4X lower than China, at around 7.5 µg/m³.

More importantly, air pollution levels in the United States have remained under 13 µg/m³ since 1998 – at least 4X lower than China’s peak of about 53 µg/m³.

Fact #6 : Even Europe Has Far Lower Air Pollution

The wumao and pro-CCP netizens should also be wary about comparing China’s “quick” reduction in air pollution against Europe.

The EU has steadily reduced air pollution from a peak of just 16 µg/m³ to about 11 µg/m³ – just over half as much as China.

In other words – it is harder for Europe to reduce its air pollution levels which are already pretty low.

Fact #7 : US, EU + China Far From Achieving WHO PM2.5 Guideline

Now, let me end by pointing out that the US, the EU and China all FAIL to meet the updated WHO PM2.5 guideline of just 5 µg/m³.

It will take many years for either the US, the EU or China to hit that, and it would require a tremendous amount of political will and investment.

So instead of mocking other countries, can we just focus on reducing dangerous PM2.5 air pollution?

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Was Bill Gates Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity?

Was Bill Gates just arrested by INTERPOL, and charged with crimes against humanity?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Bill Gates Was Just Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity!

Who else but the Conservative Beaver would score yet another exclusive international “scoop”?

On 17 November 2021, they wrote another “Beaver Exclusive” claiming that Bill Gates was just arrested by Interpol agents  in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and charged with crimes against humanity.

Bill Gates has been arrested in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Interpol and charged with crimes against humanity for his role in engineering the Covid “pandemic,” and for his role in creating dangerous and untested vaccines. The Brazilian military was involved with his arrest.

More to come

 

Truth : Bill Gates Was NOT Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity!

Just like other Conservative Beaver Exclusives, this is just FAKE NEWS. And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Conservative Beaver Is A Known Fake News Website

The Conservative Beaver is a “news aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

12 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about World Economic Forum founder – Klaus Schwab – getting arrested by Swiss police for fraud. That was another fake story.

10 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about Pfizer CEO’s wife – Myriam Bourla – dying from vaccine complications. That naturally did not happen.

5 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about the FBI arresting Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla for fraud. It was quickly debunked by Bourla appearing on CNN and CNBC on the day of his “arrest”.

4 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe being arrested and charged with possession of child porn and cocaine. This never happened.

1 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about an American Airlines plane crashing into the Atlantic ocean after the pilot died from a heart attack, after taking his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There was no such plane crash.

Read more : Did Pfizer CEO’s Wife, Myriam Bourla, Die From Vaccine?

Fact #2 : Bill Gates Was Not Arrested

It may seem obvious, but it has to be said – Bill Gates was not arrested, or charged with crimes against humanity, by INTERPOL.

In fact, Bill Gates continued to be active on social media, tweeting at least FIVE (5) times since his alleged arrest in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

He also participated in the Bloomberg New Economy Forum on the day he was allegedly arrested! See Fact #3.

Fact #3 : Bill Gates Was Not Even In Brazil

On 17 November 2021, Bill Gates was not even in Brazil. He was at home in Seattle, the United States.

I know this for certain because he spoke virtually at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore, at around 11 AM on 18 November 2021 (GMT+8).

When Bill spoke from his home, it would have been 7 PM on 17 November 2021 in Seattle.

It is impossible for him to be speaking from Seattle on the same day as his arrest in Brazil.

Fact #3 : INTERPOL Has No Jurisdiction In Any Country

INTERPOL is an international organisation that facilitates police cooperation between different countries.

It acts as a liaison between police organisations, and does NOT have any jurisdiction in any country.

Just in case there is any confusion, INTERPOL does NOT have agents with the power to arrest anyone in any country around the world.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Pandemic Was Not Engineered

This may seem silly to fact check, but it must be said plain and clear – the COVID-19 pandemic was not engineered.

This is just a silly claim that conspiracy theorists have concocted, without even a smidge of evidence.

Fact #5 : Bill Gates Had No Role In Creating COVID-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates has NO ROLE in the creation of COVID-19 vaccines, which were created by different scientific teams all over the world – from the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States to Russia, China and India.

Read more : Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have All Undergone Clinical Trials

The claim that vaccines are unsafe and untested is nonsense. ALL approved COVID-19 vaccines have undergone and passed large clinical trials to prove their safety and efficacy.

That’s the only way to receive their Emergency Use Authorisation, which is then followed up by a full FDA approval after further follow-up and factory inspections.

Read more : Full FDA Approval vs. EUA for Vaccines : What’s Different?

Fact #7 : Bill Gates Was Only Arrested In 1977

Interestingly, Bill Gates was once arrested in 1977, for driving his Porsche far above the speed limit in New Mexico.

His mugshot went viral at that time, even though there was no social media back then. Quite a feat!

Fact #8 : No Evidence Of Arrest

This may seem obvious, but it has to be pointed out that there is ZERO evidence that Bill Gates was recently arrested :

  • ZERO media coverage – whether in Brazil, the United States or internationally.
  • ZERO mention in the INTERPOL Twitter feed, which is very active.
  • ZERO mention in the official Bill Gates Twitter feed, which continues to be actively posting tweets.

Do you really believe that such an arrest would have gone without notice by EVERYONE ELSE in the world, but the Conservative Beaver?

The truth is – this is just a FAKE STORY created by Conservative Beaver in a few minutes, just to generate page views and money.

Everything that Conservative Beaver posts must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

 

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23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway : The Facts + The BS!

Everyone’s talking about the 23 deaths in Norway that happened after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

Slightly updated, and reposted on 2021-01-18 because it is CRITICAL to correct the alarmist articles the media continues to put out.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-17

 

OMG : 23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway!!!

I have been besieged by questions about the 23 post-vaccination deaths in Norway, and many posts on WhatsApp groups and Facebook.

I had people asking me whether this means the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is dangerous. I had doctor friends complaining to me about the articles.

Looking at the titles of these articles, I can only shake my head. Here is a selection…

23 die in Norway after receiving Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

Norway warns of Covid-19 vaccine risk after 23 die

COVID-19 vaccination: 23 elderly people dead after Pfizer shot in Norway

Norway: 23 seniors die soon after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Shun Pfizer’s mRNA Covid vax after Norway deaths

Norway: 23 Dead after Receiving Pfizer, BioNTech Vaccine

The media has, by large, failed to do their duty and tell the facts straight.

Instead, they played it up for the page views, which I’m sure will be pretty impressive. Nothing sells like death and tragedy, I’m sure.

 

The 23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway : The Facts

Let me summarise the key takeaway points about the 23 post-vaccination deaths in Norway. This is what the news media should have reported.

  1. The Norwegians believe that the mild side effects of COVID-19 vaccines (pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever) may be too much for the very old and the terminally ill to withstand.
  2. The deaths have NOT been attributed to any vaccine, and are still being investigated.
  3. They issued this advisory because they are vaccinating much older patients than the average participant in the vaccine trials.
  4. They are suggesting that the benefits of the vaccine may be negligible or irrelevant for the very old and the terminally ill, and therefore, not worth the risk of even mild side effects.
  5. Severe allergic reactions are extremely uncommon – only about 11 cases in every million shots administered.

We should also point out that the Norwegian Medicines Agency is NOT alarmed by the deaths, and are asking their doctors to CONTINUE vaccinating people.

 

Why The Media Is Exaggerating The 23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway

Now, let me share with you all WHY I think the media should be ASHAMED of exaggerating the report out of Norway about 23 post-vaccination deaths.

But first, let me be clear – we should never scoff at any death. Every life is precious. All the more reason not to abuse these deaths for page views.

Reason #1 : The Titles Were Intentionally Made To Be Alarming

If I’m not mistaken, the news originated from this Bloomberg article by Lars Erik Taraldsen and Naomi Kresge.

The Bloomberg article title was very specific – Norway Warns of Vaccination Risks for Sick Patients Over 80.

That headline tells even those who are too lazy to read the article – probably 99% of the world – that the vaccination risks are for SICK PATIENTS OVER 80 years of age.

It did not say that 23 people died from the Pfizer vaccine, or left their frail conditions ambiguous.

Yet the other media decided NOT to bother with context, and decided to grab our eyeballs with alarming headlines. Shock and awe FTW!

Reason #2 : Norway Did Not Blame The Pfizer Vaccine

The very first sentence of the article said, “Norway said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill“.

Norway did not state which Covid-19 vaccine was involved with those deaths. Neither did the Bloomberg report say that the 23 deaths were all related to the Pfizer vaccine.

That’s because Norway is currently using TWO (2) COVID-19 vaccines – the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In fact, the Bloomberg article itself noted, “The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved late last year has been used most broadly, with a similar shot from Moderna Inc. approved earlier this month also now being administered.

So why did so many news media report that it was the Pfizer vaccine at fault???

Reason #3 : The Deaths Were NOT Linked To Any Vaccine

The Bloomberg article did not state that the deaths were linked to any vaccine. In fact, it stated that the deaths are still being investigated.

Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA) also told The BMJ that,

It may be a coincidence, but we aren’t sure. There is no certain connection between those deaths and the vaccine.

Reason #4 : Norway Was Referring To VERY OLD And TERMINALLY ILL People

According to the Norwegian Medicines Agency, 23 people died a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine. 13 of those deaths were autopsied, with the results suggesting that the common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people

Let me break that up into easier-to-digest points :

  1. They were talking about risks to the “VERY OLD” and the “TERMINALLY ILL“.
  2. Very old and terminally ill people can die at any time, so it is critical to INVESTIGATE and determine if their deaths were really caused by the vaccine.
  3. They were suggesting that because the very old and the terminally ill are very frail, even mild side effects like a slight fever, muscle pain, or a mild allergic reaction may be too much for them.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, “For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences.

They then pointed out that, “For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.

In other words – they were pointing out that when it comes to the VERY OLD and the TERMINALLY ILL, the marginal extension of their lifespan may not be worth risk of the mild side effects exacerbating their pre-existing condition.

Reason #5 : Norway Asked Their Doctors To Continue Vaccinating People

While the news media blared alarming headlines, the Norwegians were NOT alarmed by the deaths.

Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA) told The BMJ that,

We are not alarmed or worried about this, because these are very rare occurrences and they occurred in very frail patients with very serious disease“.

They also asked their doctors to CONTINUE vaccinating people, just taking extra evaluation of VERY SICK PEOPLE whose underlying condition might be aggravated by the side effects.

Reason #6 : Allergic Reactions Are Uncommon

The same Bloomberg article that all these news media appear to be quoting or paraphrasing from, also said that :

  • Allergic reactions have been uncommon so far
  • In the US, there were 21 cases of severe allergic reactions after 1.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered.
  • That works out to just 11.1 cases per MILLION doses

In other words, your risk of getting a severe allergic reaction from a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 0.001105%.

You are 35X more likely to DIE choking on your food, and 85X more likely to DIE from a car accident than to get a severe allergic reaction from the Pfizer vaccine.

But here’s the kicker – Norway has a COVID-19 mortality rate of 0.89% – one of the lowest in the world. Yet, that super-low risk of dying from COVID-19 is 804X higher than the risk of getting an allergic reaction from the Pfizer vaccine.

 

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