Clearing the Air: Pollution in China

There is a really good article over at The Economist’s website about the levels of air pollution in China.  When I was in Beijing last summer, the air was absolutely apocalyptic.  You could taste it but you could hardly see through it.  Buildings that were 300-400 yards away could not be seen in the swirling smog.  Twice in the last couple of months, flights at the airport have had to be grounded due to the lack of visibility.

This represents a true health concern for anyone who has respiratory issues.  Reliable data from the Chinese government is hard to come by, hence the reason some are trying to measure pollution levels via satellite imagery as discussed in the article.  Other industrial cities can be just as bad so go prepared and aware.


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