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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crazy Bad Air Quality in Beijing

U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China's own assessments - LA Times

One day this month, the reading was so high compared with U.S. standards it was listed as 'beyond index.' (originally crazy bad due to programming that got changed.  The readings are automatically posted on twitter and on an iPhone application.  The readings are taken from on top of the US embassy in Bejing.  The official China's assessment of Beijing's air that day was merely 'slightly polluted.'

The core issue is since the Chinese government has said the air pollution has improved after the 2008 Olympics, bad air quality is embarrassing.  What has happened is there is a huge increase in cars in Beijing.

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