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Beijing’s Crazy Air Pollution Hits 500 pm 2.5

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 28, 2013


Civilized countries created a thing called pm 2.5 to measure tiny and harmful pollutants in the air. These particles cause cancer, asthma, emphysema and a host of other things. A pm 2.5 of 50 is borderline ok. Beijing today has a pm 2.5 of 500, or ten times the acceptable level.

I think I will save my lungs by connecting a hose to the exhaust of a car and breathing that. It will be much safer than huffing Chinese air.

This is broad daylight in Beijing.

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