Beijing Should Change it’s Name to Greyjing

john  —  March 11, 2014
Pol­lu­tion lev­els off the chart at over 500 par­ti­cles per cubic metre!

Pol­lu­tion lev­els off the chart at over 500 par­ti­cles per cubic metre!

View from our apart­ment show pol­lu­tion dan­ger­ously 20 times above WHO limits.

View from our apart­ment show pol­lu­tion dan­ger­ously 20 times above WHO limits.

Just when I thought the pol­lu­tion couldn’t get any worse—the PM 2.5 index went off the scale—as the level were haz­ardously over 500! That’s 20 times above the safe lim­ited rec­om­mend by the World Health Author­ity (WHO). Most peo­ple in Bei­jing have a smart phone app (like CN Air Qual­ity) that allows them to check the pol­lu­tion lev­els. Today, Bei­jing was one of the worst pol­luted places in China and you can see how bad the sit­u­a­tion was in the north of the coun­try. Pol­lu­tion has always been a prob­lem in the indus­trial parts of China, but when it affects Bei­jing it becomes head­line news around the world. Hope­fully this neg­a­tive new cov­er­age will help spur the gov­ern­ment to do some­thing about it—and soon. Oth­er­wise with daily haz­ardous pol­lu­tion and pic­tures like this, Bei­jing could soon be known as Greyjing.

China’s pol­lu­tion is always worse in the north of the country

China’s pol­lu­tion is always worse in the north of the country

(Blog posted by Ray on February 26, 2014. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)