Samstag, 25. Oktober 2014

Not out of thin air.

Some pictures from the roof of the apartment today. Smog's pretty bad, and it's been like this for a couple of days already.

It's getting worse every year, and it starts earlier every time, at least that's how I feel it.

Heating season starts in China in November, and most heating plants are powered with coal. So it has become sad normality that every winter the air is filled with smog for a couple of weeks in November and December.

But this smog is a month early, as the weather is still warm and the plants probably aren't really fired up yet. And yet the smog's already massive.

 Additionally more and more supermarkets start stocking protection masks and more and more people start wearing them. I also bought one for the first time in 3 years.

Also one can overhear more and more people talking and complaining about the bad air quality. Although Shenyang as an industrial hub is used to bad air as a lot of plants and factories caused tremendous pollution in the 90s until about 10 years ago, then it became better.

But an AQI of 300 is high. And values like this start becoming frequent. In a lot of Chinese cities.

IMHO currently China's most pressing, cause most visible and dangerously unhealty problem.