Gallery: Beijing Smog ‘Beyond Index’ as Air Pollution Recorded at Over ...


While transparency regarding air quality data may still be relatively new to China, Sunday marked the third day of record-breaking, and remarkably dangerous smog in Beijing. Residents of the notoriously polluted Chinese capital were advised to stay inside as hospital admissions for respiratory illness reportedly jumped by 30%, and sales of gas masks and respirators spiked. The US Embassy—supporting the data from the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Center—described “beyond index” levels of PM2.5, an airborne particulate that is small enough to deeply penetrate the lungs.

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