For the past week, Beijing has been deluged under the worst pollution I've ever seen. Here's a terrifying photo a friend of mine took this morning in Guomao, the trade center of Beijing:
Meanwhile, here's the air quality data for the past 5 days:
Note that the MINIMUM reading is 366. Meanwhile, the reading as I post this is 502, which is literally off the charts - the index only goes up to 500. According to Forbes
, "Most cities dont even have a single day each year when the AQI is above 100." The most polluted parts of the Los Angeles valley sometimes
break 150. Beijing's pollution is, by any rational standards, insane
- and it's not even close
to being the most polluted city in China.
|It looks like mist but it isn't|
There was one day when the pollution levels dropped from life-threatening to pretty decent, a switch which was manifested right in front of my eyes by the rain, which at the beginning was literally brown. 10 seconds of a suddenly-arising rain stained my red shirt - a situation which no doubt would be even worse had the shirt been white.
|That is the sun, not the moon|
Other than keeping my windows closed and wearing a mask
every time I go outside, there's not much I can do about the situation. But I'll certainly be glad when the next blue-sky day comes.
Check out smartairfilters.com -- there is a way to make a DIY air filter in Beijing for about 200 RMB by permanently attaching a HEPA filter to a box fan. You may find this beneficial in ensuring cleaner air when you are at rest in your home. I certainly noticed this when I was living in Shanghai ... I have asthma and there were many days when I just didn't go out.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I have one and it's great. Thanks for the tip.Delete