What Would China’s Air Be Like If Everyone Stopped Driving?

The prestigious science publication Nature published a study that tested the air of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to find out exactly what PM2.5 is made out of. They found that about 20% were chemicals like ammonium and chloride. Coal made up about 4% of PM2.5 in the different cities.     From that composition, the researchers could estimate […]

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New Data Shows Beijing’s Air Pollution Progress Reverses in March

After several months of progress cutting PM2.5, Beijing saw a sharp reversal this March, according to the latest data.   In years past, Beijing’s particulate pollution normally peaks in January and decreases each month closer to summer.     However, this year has seen the exact opposite trend, with PM2.5 increasing 265% from January to March.     […]

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US Embassy Beijing reads AQI of 0! Are the summer skies always clear?

Map of today’s pollution levels across China – 9th September 2016. Source:http://aqicn.org What a glorious day in Beijing! Right now, the US Embassy in Beijing is giving a PM2.5 value of 0. Is summer normally this good? And what’s the pollution like in other parts of China right now? (Short answer: not good! Long answer: read […]

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