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An American in China

Beijing Pollution Watch- Pollution Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 30, 2011

China’s, or at least Beijing’s pollution is 400ppm today, meaning the stuff we breathe is better used in the combustion chambers of autos then in the lungs of humans. 50 ppm is considered harmful in civilization and in the west you would wear a surgeons mask when it reaches that level. But here in China, 50 ppm is for wimps, the Chinese go big. Thus a reading of 400 is not atypical here.
This photo shows a mashed potatoes type fluff that doubles as air here.
The photo was taken at noon and that white stuff is NoX and other irritants to mankind and all plant life here.

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