Climatic conditions in China were critical past few days back as the smog had settled so densely that had caused sunlight to stay away from the city of Beijing and finally masses saw it on a digital commercial television screen installed across the city.
The digital television screens are basically used for advertising tourist destinations however, this was the only place where the sun was visible and residents from across the city had gathered here to see the beautiful sight.
Just when the air pollution computers gave warning, students and children were ordered to stay indoors until the conditions became normal.
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The entire city was drenched in acrid odor and commuter were seining donning industrial strength face masks. On being asked to a passerby he said ‘I couldn’t see the tall buildings across the street this morning. The smog has gotten worse in the last two to three years. I often cough, and my nose is always irritated. But what can you do? I drink more water to help my body discharge the toxins.’
This poor air quality is quite a common phenomenon in Beijing in winters. However, the pollution readings on 16th January had poised a bigger threat with PM2.5 pollution marked measuring above 350 micrograms and just below the 500 micrograms per cubic meter.
This is actually 26 times higher the safe margin of 25 micrograms as considered by the World Health Organization. With the industrial and economic growth propelling at the speed of light in China, it really needs to look after the environmental issues it is facing every season. However, Chinas has started acting on the matter as recently it has put regulations in place to fight against the pollution cause.