[Air Quality] It’s Official, China’s Air Quality is getting worse

The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report does a pretty good job reporting on current events in China but today’s headlines was something that I just had to blog about. Yes, we all know that China’s air isn’t the best in the world but it’s now a fact according to this article, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection acknowledged last month that China’s air pollution levels rose in the first quarter of 2010 for the first time since 2007. Also even better news came out, “The first half of 2010 had the worst air quality since 2005.” I’m starting to think that using a mask might be a necesity.  But to understand how bad the air over here I think it’s better to quantify what exactly I’m talking about. My friend introduced me to the “US Embassy’s Air Particle Index”. Measured from 0-300:

0-50 Good
51-100 Moderate (Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion)
101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion)
151-200 Unhealthy (People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion)
201-300 Very Unhealthy (People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion)

So the lucky number in Beijing today is 233. Oh wait a minute, it just jumped up to 239.
The US government has their own twitter feed that is updated daily with Beijing air quality index.
Yup, China’s goint through alot right now, the worst  flood in decades and another heat wave with this pollution problem, China’s got a handful.

But trust me, China is trying.
It’ll be interesting to see if we can hit the big 300 mark by the end of this week. Not.

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2 responses

  1. ミッチェル

    Dang, I didn’t know it was this bad. dont go getting lung cancer on me.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

  2. Do you guys have there catalitic converters? or not yet. Also do you still use leaded gasoline (tetraethyl lead)? Ever since they did away with that the air quality improved> but there is still NOX, CO2, carbon particules from Diesel engines, and of course the granulometric fraction of the suspended solids is now at a lower diameter, respirable.
    Keep informing the people on the issues of quantty over quality: in the end no amount of wealth is worth distroying one, or many, or all. The balancing act has to become the rule, not th eexception.

    March 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

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