Sinophobia by emphasis and omission

Breitbart.com reporting on US West Coast smog states (emphasis added):

Air quality in some East Asian capitals is famously poor, with residents of Beijing taking extreme measures to avoid the health risks associated with heavy pollution.

The problem has grown worse as emerging Asian economies, particularly China, have increased their use of high-sulfur coal and private automobiles.

Now, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warn that East Asian pollution may be causing smog along the West Coast of the United States, as nitrogen oxides move on air currents across the Pacific Ocean.

Notice the insistence that the pollution source is East Asian and specifically China. They then quote from a National Public Radio (NPR) report. Pay attention to the snippet nature of the quotes (emphasis added):

The problem, scientists say, is that Asian countries’ emissions of nitrogen oxides — which sunlight then breaks down in reactions that produce ozone — have tripled since 1990. When those harmful gases circulate to North America, they offset gains in U.S. air quality that have come from cutting nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent.

They concluded that the spike in man-made emissions in Asia “is the major driver” of the rise in ozone levels in the western U.S. for both spring and summer in recent decades.

However, the original NPR report begins with a photo of pollution in New Delhi, aka NOT East Asia.

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Nitrogen oxide pollution in India and China is offsetting U.S. gains in cutting emissions, researchers say. This photo from October shows road traffic, along with smoke and smog, in front of the landmark India Gate in New Delhi. Manish Swarup/AP

Additionally, they specifically state (emphasis added):

“Scientists found Asian air pollution contributed as much as 65 percent of an increase in Western ozone in recent years,” NPR’s Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai. “China and India, where many consumer products are manufactured, are the worst offenders.”

The researchers say that as China continues to cut its nitrogen oxide emissions, “rising global methane and NOx emissions in the tropical countries (e.g., India) in Asia, where O3 [ozone] production is more efficient, may become more important in the coming decades.”

So apparently for Breitbart.com, East Asia and China are to be stereotypically associated with pollution while India gets affirmative action with no explanation as to the role of US, Europe and Japan in the rise of Chinese industrial emissions.

Sources:

Chappell, Bill. 2017. Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Researchers Say. National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/03/518323094/rise-in-smog-in-western-u-s-is-blamed-on-asias-air-pollution [accessed: 2017-03-04].

Pollack, Joel. 2017. Scientists: Asian Pollution Causing West Coast Smog. Breitbart News Network. http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/03/03/scientists-asian-pollution-causing-west-coast-smog [accessed: 2017-03-04].

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