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Beijing poor air quality resembles dense fog

by Rod Hill, KGW Meteorologist

kgw.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:52 PM

 

Beijing China's air quality became so bad in January, the index was considered to be at an emergency level.  The photo above was taken Jan. 12th and is a view of the CCTV towers.  A local hospital said a third of its outpatient visits over one weekend were due to lung ailments. 

Air quality in China as been a concern for years and may still be getting worse.  In fact, some areas of the country never see a blue sky, due to persistent smog and haze.   Reports claim the government is taking action to improve the situation, but to date, little improvement is seen in the overhead sky. 

One report lists the annual expense of the country's bad air quality to be $360 billion.  The photo below shows the improvement in visibility over Beijing on Jan. 13th.  The view is the same as above. 

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing tracks the tiny toxic particles that turn the sky dark.  The index bottoms out at a level of 500.  Last month, the reading was estimated to be 755.  The January cloud of pollution over Beijing was estimated to be three times the size of California.

KGW Meteorologist, Rod Hill

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