Although Beijing has taken steps to limit its carbon output, the city’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday it was literally off the charts. Fine air particulates reached beyond the limits of the index, which tops out at a hazardous 500 ppm. Anything above 150 is considered bad.
And, believe it or not, that isn’t even close to the highest level recorded in Beijing recently. In 2013, during what some called the ‘airpocalypse,’ the index reached a mind-boggling 755. At that point, instead of breathing the air, you are practically swimming in it.
China is trying to tackle its toxic air, and it currently holds the title of the world’s top investor in renewable energy. Unfortunately, the country is also investing in natural gas exploration in the southwest.