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An American in China

Pollution Watch in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

The sky is now officially ‘ominous’. According to the pollution gauge Beijing is looking at a rating of 385 which translates to “start up a garaged ’57 pick up, seal the windows then stuff your lips around its exhaust pipe and suck” type atmosphere.

I ventured into the caustic filth that doubles as air and gamely wiped its remnants from my clothes upon re entering my building. Its as dark as midnight out there and I truly do not know how much this place can take. it will never cease to amaze me that oxygen, a colorless odorless gas can taste so putrid and distort ones vision so much….

I attached a pic I took earlier today, look at the wisps of pollution.

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