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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 03:55 PM

 

Global Warming Alert: Beijing Pollution "Off The Scale", Surpassing "Hazardous" Levels

Northern China On Health Alert As Beijing Pollution "Off The Scale", Surpassing "Hazardous" Levels

Who would have thought that ultra-rapid industrialization, building entire empty cities to goalseek a supply-driven GDP number that has no reflection on demand reality, and ramming an entire country's industrial output into overdrive without any concern for the environmental impact would have a disastrous effect on smog levels. Certainly not China. Which is why earlier today people across much of northern China were warned to stay indoors as the entire region was put on health alert to avoid air pollution that, in the Beijing area, was among the worst for a decade and possibly ever, is literally off the charts and has in many areas reduced visibility to under 50 metres.

As SCMP reports, "in Beijing, pollution readings by the local environmental watchdog, as well as the US embassy, blew past the upper limit of "hazardous" early yesterday afternoon and stayed there for the rest of the day. US embassy pollution data published hourly on Twitter showed the level of health-threatening PM2.5 - or particles smaller than 2.5 microns - had reached 886 micrograms per cubic metre at 8pm. Its Air Quality Index, which includes PM2.5 and ozone, had surged past the maximum rating of 500 to 755, or "beyond index". With no wind forecast to bring more favourable conditions in the next three days, experts said the worst may be yet to come. "It's so awful that I find it really difficult to breathe," said Zhou Rong , a Greenpeace campaigner in Beijing. "It's the most polluted day I can remember.""


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-12/northern-china-health-alert-beijing-pollution-scale-surpassing-hazardous-levels

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:46 PM

1. these poor people!

 





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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:02 PM

2. I remember my time in China a couple of years ago

I was working in the "small" town of Wuxi, population of 4,000,000 plus, which is about 2 hours west of Shanghai. I remember the pollution was so bad, I couldn't see across the street. I'm starting to wonder if this is all some sort of effort at population control.

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:39 PM

3. This is not about global warming

though this is the second thread you've started saying that it is. This is about smog - the various chemicals that make it difficult to breathe in polluted cities.

I just don't want you to think that if smog problems are solved, that global warming is. Global warming is primarily caused by carbon dioxide, which is colourless, odourless, and, unless in huge quantities (which is not the case here) is not involved in giving people breathing problems.

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:42 PM

4. Any solutions?

 

Any word on what they're going to do about it?

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:51 PM

5. They shut down many factories during the Olympics

During the Olympics, the govt. ordered many factories to shut down, in order to manage the air pollution.

A person was telling me about their visit to China. Every day their tour guide started out the day by saying "Oh, look, its hazy out today." She was trying to make them believe that this was something unusual.

At this same time, the land area covered by desert near Beijing is rapidly expanding.

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