China’s Smog Levels get the Cartoon Treatment

The latest article (by me) over at China Daily Mail. And believe me when I tell you that this is just one of many that deals with China’s mounting, and some would say apocalyptic, air pollution problem. And it’s not even the best one there is! Come and by and check them out.

China Daily Mail

China SmogIt’s no secret that air pollution is a major problem in China. In fact, in recent years, the problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental watchdog in the US, has had to revise its Air Quality Index system. Originally, the AQI had a top rating of 500, which indicates 500 micrograms per cubic meter of air. But due to escalating problems in air quality in major urban centers such as Beijing and Shanghai, that index has been increased to 1000.

To put that in perspective, an AQI of 500 is roughly 20 times what would be considered healthy for the average human being to breathe on a regular basis. At 1000 micrograms per cubic meter, Chinese citizens are being exposed to a whopping 40 times what would be considered healthy for urban inhabitants. And according to the Chinese government, these extreme…

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4 thoughts on “China’s Smog Levels get the Cartoon Treatment

    1. Well, that’s the interesting (and sad) thing. Roughly 750,000 people die a year from breathing that crap, but then millions of people are migrating to the cities every year. On a balance sheet, more and more have to live with it, but then many die from it.

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