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VIDEO: WHAT LIFE IS LIKE IN BEIJING DURING CHINA'S WORST POLLUTION CRISIS EVER


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What Life Is Like in Beijing During China's Worst Pollution Crisis Ever
By Alissa Walker,
Gizmodo, 7 December 2015.

The “airpocalypse” of smog swirling over Chinese cities has reached its most dangerous levels yet. Beijing issued its first-ever red alert today, closing schools and taking cars off the road. How bad is it? According to EPA guidelines levels are at 6: “Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion.”

While the short-term effects of being exposed to smog like this are scary - irregular heartbeat, asthma, respiratory problems - even lower levels can have devastating long term effects. In China, about 4,000 people die from premature deaths due to pollution every day. That’s 1.6 million people a year.

At the COP21 summit this week in Paris, China’s leaders have made some pretty significant pledges to close its coal-fired power plants, a huge contributor to the poor air quality. Let’s hope those pledges stay intact.


Top image: Satellite image of haze shrouding Eastern China, acquired on November 30, 2015. Credit: Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory.

[Source: Gizmodo. Edited. Top image added.]

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