Headlights at Noon, Yet Officials Give All-Clear on Beijing Smog

Jonathan Watts posts to the Environment Blog at the Guardian:

The need for a new air pollution index in was gloomily apparent today as visibility plunged, yet official statistics indicated the Chinese capital was just short of enjoying a “blue sky” day.

[…]The independent monitoring station BeijingAir reported a peak in the air-pollution index over 500, the worst limit on the scale and far past the point where children, the elderly and people with lung diseases should avoid outdoor physical activity.

[…]Yet, the official data showed a benign 104, deemed lightly polluted and only four over the point at which Beijing would notch up another “blue-sky” day.

June 18, 2009, 1:07 PM
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