Above is a picture a friend of mine recently took from the 32nd floor of her office building in Beijing, China. For the past few days, Beijing’s air pollution has gone off the charts- literally. A toxic soup of smog and particulates has blanketed the city, pushing the US government’s EPA Air Pollution Index to 755, which is interesting, since the scale technically goes only up to 500.
Coal power plants and an explosion in the number of consumer vehicles seems to be behind the most recent flare-up of smog, and a lack of wind and rain over the past few days has allowed it to build up.
I would be afraid to go to Beijing, right now. I think I might die.