Beijing residents bemoan smog and sandstorms

March 2, 2013 CHINA Beijing residents were urged to stay indoors Thursday as pollution levels soared before a sandstorm brought further misery to China’s capital. A thick blanket of smog covered large swathes of the country in the morning, causing residents to once again dig out face-masks as China’s grueling winter of pollution continues. The noxious haze saw the US embassy’s air quality index reading for Beijing hit 516 at 6am, signaling air quality worse than the highest classification of “hazardous.” Those who ventured out in mid-morning were confronted with swirling clouds of dust, which the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said had been blown in from Inner Mongolia. “We would hope that everyone stays indoors as much as possible and that people carry out appropriate measures for protection,” the agency said in a posting on its verified account on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. State broadcaster China Central Television showed images of tree branches being blown onto Beijing’s streets, and the newsreader urged residents to keep windows closed because of the risk of windows being blown out and showering pedestrians with glass. The weather was also the subject of resigned discussion on China’s Internet message boards, which attracted widespread anger in previous bouts of heavy smog. “We have gone from toxic pollution to dust pollution,” said one poster on Sina Weibo. “We lead a really varied life in Beijing.” Many parts of China have endured repeated episodes of toxic air in recent weeks, sparking demands for government action from both netizens and state media. Air quality improved during the day, with the US Embassy index reaching 168 at 1pm. –Space Daily
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10 Responses to Beijing residents bemoan smog and sandstorms

  1. niebo says:

    “Air quality improved during the day, with the US Embassy index reaching 168 at 1pm.”

    So, the good news is, air quality went from “worse than hazardous” (OFF the chart) to . . . (level red) “unhealthy.”



  2. Lance says:

    The air pollution situation in Beijing is appalling. Most major cities have the same problem. No. 1 cause of air pollution in cities is the internal combustion engine. Will humanity do something about this, or do profits come first?


    • M C says:

      Profits come first ALWAYS until things on this planet really change.
      The people who really run this planet have a plan and it doesn’t involve giving people cheap clean energy.

      I dont think I could breath that air for very long before falling over.

      To bad some cant make electric cars/trucks for them that also has a big air cleaner that will help clean up that mess as they drive around, you know sort of a reversal of the pollution.


  3. Deb says:

    the level of environmental abuse in China is simply terrible. Their government has sacrificed it’s people and it’s future for rapid economic development and power. It’s just sad, noone should live in the sort of enviroment (I know alot of cities have smog) and it’s even worse in some villages in the countryside where factories have been built. Their government just acknowledged the reality of over 100 “cancer villages”, they are now THAT terrible.


  4. Irene C says:

    The thing is that the US and other Western countries are at least trying to cut back on air pollution. But places like China are so busy playing catch-up, they are putting their own people at risk. Unfortunately, for them, profits seem to come first.


  5. onthemark55 says:

    China is at aprox. the same period of development/progress as the U.S. was in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. Unregulated “no holds barred” attitude towards growth where profits not only come first, but are the only factor that really matters,consequences be damned! We’ve all heard,have stories of the poisened babyfood,dogfood,food in general, the dangerous chemicals being used/abused let alone the pollution spewing into the water and air from manufacturing. Take a close look at the treatment/housing of workers at large facilities and see if it dosen’t emmulate the Company owned housing and stores, all provided at inflated prices, and of course paid for with Company Script the workers received in lieu of U.S. dollars. Both control the workers fundamental needs, shelter and food! Don’t be surprised if China has a labor revolt in the near future, we’ve seen hints already and never underestimate the”masses” ability to change the course of history when forced into a struggle for survival which labor (trading for money to pay for shelter and food) is about. I enjoyed the shows about the American Industrialist’s of the times and their huge contributions to America’s development, but the use/abuse of laborer’s during that era lead to a Labor Revolution in this country that allowed the “Middle Class” to come into existence and transformed the dreams and expectations of the Laborer. It’s going to be interesting to watch how China responds to the consequences of their actions. I find the parallels between China now and the U.S. then (1900) fascinating. How will China, a Totalatarian Goverment, handle the “will of the People”? Stay tuned, fascinating!


  6. Gail says:

    I was in China back in 1991 and it was very smoggy back then, too. I remember feeling light headed from all the smog. Nothing’s changed. Beijing is prone to sandstorms because they cut down all the trees that blocked the storms.


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