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In Unprecedented Move, Chinese Media Asks Communist Government to Take Action on Air Pollution

China Air Pollution 300x192 In Unprecedented Move, Chinese Media Asks Communist Government to Take Action on Air PollutionIn an unprecedented move, the Chinese media, not an outlet known to criticize the controlling Communist Party, called on the government to take drastic measures to combat the massive amount of air pollution that is plaguing the country.

Over the weekend, Beijing air quality was far above hazardous levels. The levels reached 755 on an index that considers 300 to be dangerous. In stark contrast, the World Health Organization considers daily level of no greater than 20 acceptable.

The worst recorded air pollution in the capital occurred over this past weekend and was so bad that citizens had to buy face masks to protect themselves. The air quality was so bad that it shocked locals and people were told to stay indoors and authorities asked citizens to limit their automobile use.

Monday was not much better, as levels reached 321 by afternoon – a level recorded by the US Embassy’s measuring device.

Automobiles account for much of the pollution as does the coal the Chinese burn for heat during the winter months, and this winter has been the coldest in many years.

Of the 74 cities routinely monitored for air pollution, over half experienced exceptionally high levels.

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Leigh is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Leigh spent years specializing in life saving engineering projects for the US Department of Defense. In her spare time, Leigh pursues her passions of environmental awareness, vegan baking, dog rescue, and defending the place of art, literature, and music in a world that values science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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  • Chris Chatteris

    A tough lesson, but ultimately for the good. It’s only when it actually gets inconvenient or even dangerous that we will actually make the necessary painful changes.

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