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Killer Pollution Back in Beijing

john  —  December 21, 2015

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How ironic as Xi Jin­ping and 159 world lead­ers debate cli­mate change in Paris: Bei­jing is hav­ing its worse day of pol­lu­tion. The pol­lu­tion read­ings have been off the scales as thick, heavy, putrid smelling smog descended on the city. Talk­ing is good but it doesn’t seem to be mak­ing much dif­fer­ence in China. As here we need real and imme­di­ate action to solve the prob­lem and stop it get­ting even worse. I just wish the con­fer­ence had of been held in Bei­jing. Then every­one would know just how seri­ous the prob­lem is and see first hand what it does to the envi­ron­ment and city life.

(Blog posted by Ray on December 1, 2015. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)

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)

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Every time I fly back to Shen­zhen I feel a lit­tle sad to leave my fam­ily, but the one thing I don’t miss is pol­lu­tion in Bei­jing. It seems this year the sit­u­a­tion has been wors­en­ing so the pol­lu­tion index fre­quently hits lev­els which are dan­ger­ous and cause seri­ous haz­ards to health. How­ever, as I fly fur­ther south the sit­u­a­tion improves and I am always happy to see the sun and blues skies in Shen­zhen. The city is one of the green­est in the coun­try with some of the best air qual­ity in China.

(Blog posted by Ray on November 4, 2013. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)

Apr1_Beijing_pollutionThe pol­lu­tion in Bei­jing was bet­ter over the week­end and Can­thy always updates sit­u­a­tion. I think she’s got my Eng­lish habit of always ask­ing “hows the weather?”. I also check the CN Air Qual­ity app on my iPhone which updates the air qual­ity and pol­lu­tion lev­els by the hour. The map shows the sit­u­a­tion across China so you can see the whole pic­ture, although it would be if you could also see other places in the world to compare.

Apr1_Pollution_SZ_BJDespite today being good and sim­i­lar with Shen­zhen, over­all the sit­u­a­tion still reminds appalling. You can see by the charts that the two cities could not be more oppo­site. And the graph­i­cal image tells a fright­en­ing pic­ture of the sit­u­a­tion. The new Pres­i­dent of China, Xi Jin­ping was on the TV again recently declar­ing to sort out pol­lu­tion. But sadly not many Chi­nese peo­ple I speak to think any­thing will hap­pen any­time soon. So it could eas­ily sound just like an April Fools Day joke. How­ever, I am will­ing to wait until the smog clears and see what he will do. But then I am liv­ing in Shen­zhen where the prob­lem doesn’t exist.

(Blog posted by Ray on April 1, 2013. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)

Heavily polluted air in Beijing

john  —  January 13, 2013

People visit the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, Jan 11, 2013. The PM 2.5 (particles less than 2.5 microns) data in Beijing hit 240 to 446 on Friday, which means the 6 rating heavily polluted air quality. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Related story:

Beijing air pollution soars to hazard level (BBC)