Beijing’s air pollution - just how bad is it?

Any mention of the Beijing Olympics in the media and you can be sure there will be talk about Beijing and its pollution problems. On some days, the skies can be very clear and at other times the city is enveloped in a thick blanket of smog.

Just yesterday, the Beijing Pollution index was 184.

The American Lung Association rates this as “Unhealthy” and advises:

Everyone may begin to experience health effects and should limit prolonged outdoor exertion; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious effects

Despite some attempts to clean up Beijing, by closing or relocating factories and opening new subway lines, it looks as though the air quality has actually deteriorated the past couple of months.

Beijing air quality

Beijing pollution

Posted by mike 11 years ago

filed under: Environment


[...] Beijing is doing it best to clean up the environment but the question is, will they be able to do enough in time. See an earlier article on the current pollution levels in Beijing. [...]

Darren Griffith - November 19, 2007 @ 6:55 pm


It’s good to see some discussion about the air pollution problem in Beijing and how it will impact the 2008 Olympic games. Thanks for the article!

As you have used my pollution index graph here in this post, would you please give credit and a link back to my website ( somewhere above? Thanks.

– Darren

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