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Shanghai Pollution Reaches a New High

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 24, 2010


Here is an excerpt from the Chinadaily about the pollution in Shanghai. In Beijing for the past three weeks, (except this week) it was horrible as well.

excerpt:
” SHANGHAI – China’s largest metropolis has suffered from high levels of pollution since early November, with pollution index figures far higher than those recorded during the six months of the World Expo. As of Wednesday, the city has witnessed its air pollution index passing 100 for eight days this month, the worst readings in the past five years.

China’s environmental standards rate a reading below 50 as “excellent”, from 50 to 100 as “good” and above 100 as “polluted”.The latest pollution occurred on Monday when the index reached 107. On Nov 13 it skyrocketed to 370, the highest level in the past decade.When the index exceeds 300, even healthy people are likely to experience reduced endurance during physical activities, and are likely to suffer strong irritations and other symptoms.

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