Beijing pollution soars but no red alert

December 29, 2015
Beijing issued its first red pollution alert—reserved for when authorities forecast an air-quality index of above 300 for at lea
Beijing issued its first red pollution alert—reserved for when authorities forecast an air-quality index of above 300 for at least three consecutive days—earlier this month

Parts of China's capital Beijing suffered air pollution more than 20 times recommended levels on Tuesday, but authorities refrained from issuing the highest smog alert.

Counts of PM2.5—harmful microscopic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs—reached 529, according to the US embassy, which issues independent readings.

The World Health Organization's recommended maximum exposure is 25 over a 24-hour period. China is often hit by heavy smog, mostly a result of coal burning.

China's state weather observatory issued a yellow alert—the second highest in a four-tier warning system—for smog in Beijing and other parts of north China, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The pollution will linger until Wednesday, it added.

Beijing issued its first red pollution alert—reserved for when authorities forecast an air-quality index of above 300 for at least three consecutive days—earlier this month.

The alert requires construction sites to halt work, while half the city's cars are banned from driving and schools are recommended to halt classes, among other disruptive measures.

Smog is generally worse in winter as coal burning for heating rises, and several northern cities have followed suit with red alerts in recent weeks.

"(Pollution) is off the charts again," said one disgruntled Beijing resident on Chinese Twitter-equivalent Sina Weibo.

Air quality for November and December in Beijing was at a three year low, according to the state-run China Daily, despite measures to tackle the chronic problem.

China's rise to the world's second largest economy was largely powered by cheap, dirty coal.

Even as growth slows, the country has had a difficult time weaning itself off the fuel, even as the it causes wreaks havoc on the environment and public health.

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gkam
3.2 / 5 (9) Dec 29, 2015
Yeah, but coal is CHEAP!

In the short run.

Osiris1
3.4 / 5 (5) Dec 29, 2015
Remember the girl with her daddy's thunderbird.......It was fun, fun, fun till' daddy took the t-bird away. Same with our atmosphere. Fun, fun, fun till Father Hashem took our oxygen away..... Think about it!
AGreatWhopper
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 29, 2015
antigoresockpuppet
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 29, 2015
China's rise to the world's second largest economy was largely powered by cheap, dirty coal.


They know how to handle Chicken Littles in China. Kung Pao Gee Ting.

We should do the same. Chicken Littles are traitors to the American flag. We have a federal death penalty for that. We need to elect someone that will use it. I'm not sure Trump would, but Rubio definitely would. Sugar Daddy likes Trump though.

jim_xanara
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 29, 2015
Osiris1 2 / 5 (3) 2 hours ago
Same with our atmosphere. Fun, fun, fun till Father Hashem took our oxygen away.....


Great. Zionist propaganda from a guy with a pagan alias.
gkam
1.7 / 5 (6) Dec 29, 2015
" Chicken Littles are traitors to the American flag. We have a federal death penalty for that."
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Oh, stop it. Are YOU going to do that? To whom? Hiding behind a phony name and taking shots at others has become as American as it is British. Cowards all.
Uncle Ira
4.3 / 5 (6) Dec 29, 2015
Hiding behind a phony name and taking shots at others has become as American as it is British. Cowards all.


"Cowards all" 450,000,000 of them? You sure have met a lot of Americans and British in between being eight different kinds of Senior Engineers. Skippy, I got to know, tell the trut for once please. Are you just flinging out stupid things like the trolls do to get somebody to talk to you?

Anyhoo. As an American, I can tell you that you are wrong. We are not cowards all. I haven't met all 100 millions of the British Skippys like you seem to want everybody think you have, but I doubt they are cowards all of them either, non.
jljenkins
4 / 5 (4) Dec 31, 2015
I found this page interesting. Quite a few of the regular trolls represented. https://www.mywot...atch.com
gkam
1 / 5 (5) Dec 31, 2015
I thought we got rid of the Nazis.

Until jenkins.
Uncle Ira
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 31, 2015
I thought we got rid of the Nazis.

Until jenkins.


You moron. He was pointing out that peoples like cantdrive-NAZI-Skippy and jim-the-xamara-Skippy postumed there. Skippy you should think about what it is you are saying and saying it about before you push the postum button. Reading more and postum less is something you should try.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Dec 31, 2015
Hey, Ira, go back to your boat.

Postum was a grain-derived coffee substitute, if I remember right. I had it as a kid before they let me have real coffee.
Uncle Ira
4 / 5 (4) Dec 31, 2015
Hey, Ira, go back to your boat.


Already here Skippy since last night. All is well and humming along.

Postum was a grain-derived coffee substitute, if I remember right. I had it as a kid before they let me have real coffee.


Do you ever write something too fast or wrong? Have you ever been mistake about anything ever before?

I did not think so. That is why you will always be a couyon. The jenkins-Skippy is NOT the NAZI. You were wrong, just like when you mistake the Captain-Skippy for being the NAZI because you could not understand he was saying.
katesisco
1 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2016
Remember when the LA basin had smog alerts? We sure werent burning coal so whats up with that? Oh, yes, we blamed car emissions. The LA basin is one of the huge nautural storage basins for natural gas, etc. So is it possible the leaky storage reservoirs were causing the pollution when the cars intakes drew it in?
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2016
No. The gas can do it by itself. If burned, it only turns to CO2 and water.
Uncle Ira
4 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2016
No.


Uh, yes? Maybe?

If burned, it only turns to CO2 and water.


There is the glam-Skippy we have come to love for his blurts to give us some fun. Google-Skippy is accusing you of lying again. I try to tell him you are not lying again but making foolish blurts and blahs again. But non, he says you are lying again,,,,,,,

The other pollutants due to natural gas combustion are listed below in pounds per billion BTU:

Carbon monoxide – 40
Sulfur dioxide – 1
Nitrogen oxide – 92
Particulates – 7

gkam
1 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2016
Ira, you are ignorant of what you post. The constituents of emissions depends upon the conditions of combustion. In ICE the high pressures and residence times create triple-bonded NOx, which is the major component of smog. No or little NOx from my heater.

It will vary with the compression ratio of your ICE.
Uncle Ira
4 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2016
Ira, you are ignorant of what you post.


Are you saying I did a glam-Skippy and made up this out thin air? Or that it means something different than what it says real plain,,,,,,,,,

The other pollutants due to natural gas combustion are listed below in pounds per billion BTU:

Carbon monoxide – 40
Sulfur dioxide – 1
Nitrogen oxide – 92
Particulates – 7


That sort of puts the different look to you blurt, eh? But this sounds like you are dodging your first foolish blurt,,,,,,

The constituents of emissions depends upon the conditions of combustion. In ICE the high pressures and residence times create triple-bonded NOx, which is the major component of smog. No or little NOx from my heater.

It will vary with the compression ratio of your ICE.


So you are walking back your,,,

If burned, it only turns to CO2 and water.


You didn't mean it literally just joking around, eh?

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