Shanghai air pollution hits record highs

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  1. Singh

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    SHANGHAI (AP) - Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

    The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city's streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events.

    "I feel like I'm living in clouds of smog," said Zheng Qiaoyun, a local resident who kept her 6-month-old son at home. "I have a headache, I'm coughing, and it's hard to breathe on my way to my office."

    Shanghai's concentration of tiny, harmful PM 2.5 particles reached 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter Friday afternoon, an extremely hazardous level that was the highest since the city began recording such data last December. That compares with the World Health Organization's safety guideline of 25 micrograms.

    The dirty air that has gripped Shanghai and its neighboring provinces for days is attributed to coal burning, car exhaust, factory pollution and weather patterns, and is a stark reminder that pollution is a serious challenge in China. Beijing, the capital, has seen extremely heavy smog several times over the past year. In the far northeastern city of Harbin, some monitoring sites reported PM 2.5 rates up to 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter in October, when the winter heating season kicked off.

    As a coastal city, Shanghai usually has mild to modest air pollution, but recent weather patterns have left the city's air stagnant. On China's social media, netizens swapped jokes over the rivalry between Shanghai and Beijing, saying the financial hub was catching up with the capital in air pollution.

    Alan Yu, a chef in Shanghai, satirized the air on his microblog as though he were sampling a new vintage of wine.

    "Today, Shanghai air really has a layered taste. At first, it tastes slightly astringent with some smokiness. Upon full contact with your palate, the aftertaste has some earthy bitterness, and upon careful distinguishing you can even feel some dust-like particulate matter," Yu wrote.

    The environmental group Greenpeace said slow-moving and low-hanging air masses had carried factory emissions from Jiangsu, Anhui and Shandong provinces to Shanghai. But it said the root problem lies with the excessive industrial emissions in the region, including Zhejiang province to the south.

    "Both Jiangsu and Zhejiang should act as soon as possible to set goals to reduce their coal consumption so that the Yantze River Delta will again be green with fresh air," Huang Wei, a Greenpeace project manager, said in a statement.

    Shanghai air pollution hits record highs | WJLA.com
     
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    Oxides of nitrogen, and article also mentions soot.

    I don't know what Greenpeace has to do with anything.

    US EPA is collaborating with China on air pollution.

    China | International Programs | US EPA
     
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    many wear breathing masks in Kathmandu, why? even though Nepal has little industry.

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    No fresh air to breathe in Nepal — OWSA

    Effect of Nepal trying to embrace the PRC way of life! ;) :D
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Shut down all coal fired power plants will solve the problem. China should run on nuclear and natural gas anyway.
     
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    if u visit Nepali cities u would think Shanghai plight is a piece of cake. I rode a scooter here on the dusty roads. any monitoring of their PM 2.5 parctcles or whatever?

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    No need to bring Nepal into the discussion here...

    China's air pollution problem is ridiculous, and it is one of those issues where I truly think China needs all the criticism it can get (if only to move the bureaucracy off their lazy asses). I just attended a presentation for a startup that is making child-sized, HEPA breathing masks (disguised in cute bunny shapes and tiger shapes so as not to freak the kids out). What I kept wondering through the seminar was what is going to happen to all the kids whose parents can't afford the 350 RMB for twelve of these masks?
     
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    dont sound over melodramatic pls

    just import masks fm Nepal or India

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    CCP's idiot media outlets were trying telling people the benefit of this pollution.


    Smog makes you funnier and smarter, Chinese media claims - Telegraph

    Smog makes you funnier and smarter, Chinese media claims

     
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    when did Telegraph become a Chinese mouthpiece?

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    China Smog: 'Comrade Pilot, Can You See The Runway?' - Forbes
     
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    You are showing off your ignorance here, "I am proud of what I don't know". This is exactly the same level of awareness that claims that pollution is good. Here is some stuff to make you feel better about yourself.

    1. Pollution is good for China
    2. It it's not why does Nepal have it too? Surely they are copying China.
    3. If its good for the Nepalese in must be good for China
    4. It makes me, as a Chinese, feel better to point out that the Nepalese have air pollution too. Somehow, I am sure that makes things better for china.
     
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    It has become a fashion statement.

    In Pune, irrespective of religion all girls riding scooters were the nikab to avoid dust and exhaust smoke of other scooters and cars!
     
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    Why import from India and Nepal?

    China produces substandard masks?
     
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