Beijing Destroys Barbecue Grills to Cut Pollution

After heavy air pollution brought life to a standstill for the second time this season in northeast China, and with the one-year anniversary of  last winter’s “Airpocalypse” in Beijing approaching, AP reports that the capital city is targeting open-air barbecues in the fight against particulate matter:

Beijing is waging a war against air , one barbecue at a time.

Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues “to cut ” — the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs.

Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on.

Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution. [Source]

In October, Beijing’s municipal government announced an emergency response plan that will kick in if air pollution is forecasted to be “severe” for three consecutive days.

November 27, 2013 4:30 PM
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