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Environmental Pollution Events and Emergency Response Introduction

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Overview

This course uses case studies and seminars to explore the occurrence of and responses to major environmental emergencies both at home and abroad, such as the Rhine River pollution incident, the Songhua River pollution event, the London smog episode, the Beijing haze pollution event and the Tianjin explosion accident. The background, causes, ecological restoration measures, accountability mechanisms, emergency response measures and ecological and environmental impacts of major environmental pollution events will be discussed in various contexts.

Through case analysis, we can understand the causes, impacts, and appropriate response measures to water environmental pollution events, atmospheric pollution events and safety breaches.
 

This course will also systematically explore the theoretical underpinnings of environmental emergency management to promote better understanding of environmental emergency prevention measures, early warning systems, preparatory measures for environmental pollution incidents, effective environmental emergency responses, and post-emergency pollution event assessment and reconstruction efforts.

 
In this course, students will gain knowledge of environmental pollution issues and improve their ability with respect to effective management of emergencies.
 

Pollution should not be underestimated; it is an emergency! We should take action to protect our environment and create a beautiful China with a blue sky, green earth and clear water.

Syllabus

Chapter One: Introduction to environmental emergency management (Part One)

Section One: Basic conception of environmental emergency events.

Section Two: Main contents of environmental emergency management.

Multiple Choice Questions

Single Choice Questions

Chapter One: Introduction to environmental emergency management (Part two)

Section Three:  Legal basis of environmental emergency management.

Section Four: Present situation of environmental emergency management in China.

Single Choice Questions

Chapter Two: Water pollution incident in the Rhine

Section One: General situation of the Rhine

Section Two: The water pollution incident in the Rhine shocked at home and abroad

Section Three: Emergency measures for the water pollution incident in the Rhine

Section Four: Liability compensation for the incident

Section Five: The damage of the water pollution incident in the Rhine

Section Six: Water environment treatment of the Rhine

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Three: The Songhua River pollution incident. (Part One)

Section One: How did the explosion occur?

Section Two: How did we respond to the Songhua River pollution incident?

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Three: The Songhua River pollution incident. (Part Two)

Section Three: What were the characteristics of the Songhua River pollution incident?

Section Four: What were the hazards and consequences of the Songhua River pollution incident?

Section Five: How did the Songhua River pollution incident affect international relations?

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Four: Environmental emergency management system

Section One: The importance of building an environmental emergency management system in China

Section Two: Contents of environmental emergency management system

Section Three: Statutory duties of environmental emergency management

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Five: Prevention, early warning and preparation for environmental emergencies.

Section One: Environmental risk management

Section Two: Preparation and management of contingency plans for environmental emergencies

Section Three: Early warning for environmental emergencies

Section Four: Environmental emergency capacity

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Six: London smog episode (Part one)

Section One: Background of the London smog episode

Section Two: How did the London smog episode occur?

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Six: London smog incident (Part two)

Section Three: What were the causes of the London smog episode?

Section Four: What were the hazards and consequences of the London smog episode?

Section Five: How was air pollution controlled in Britain?

Section Six: What were the implications of air pollution control in Britain for us?

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Seven Environmental emergency response

Section One: Content and procedure of environmental emergency response

Section Two: Major tasks of environmental protection departments

Section Three: Environmental emergency monitoring

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Eight: Haze pollution event in Beijing (Part One)

Section One: What are the differences between fog and haze?

Section Two: What are the differences between PM10 and PM2.5?

Section Three:  How did the haze pollution event occur in Beijing?

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Eight: Haze pollution event in Beijing (Part Two)

Section Four: What are the reasons for atmospheric pollution events in Beijing?

Section Five: What are the effects of atmospheric pollution events on human health and life?

Section Six: Early warnings and preplans for heavy air pollution in Beijing

Section Seven: How were the APEC Blue and Parade Blue achieved? What measures did you know? How to evaluate these policies and measures?

Section Eight: How best to control the air pollution in Beijing?

Chapter Nine:  Assessment and reconstruction after emergent environmental events

Section One: Concept of assessment after emergent environmental events

Section Two: Implementation of assessment after emergent environmental events

Section Three: Responsibility investigation

Section Four: Restoration and reconstruction

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Ten: Tianjin explosion accident

Section One: Basic situation of the Tianjin explosion accident

Section Two: How was the Tianjin explosion accident caused?

Section Three: Emergency measures of the Tianjin explosion accident

Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Ten: Tianjin explosion accident

Section Four: Causes of the Tianjin explosion accident

Section Five: Environmental impact of the Tianjin explosion accident

Section Six: Lessons and revelations from  the Tianjin explosion accident

Multiple Choice Questions

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Guangjin Tian

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