Photos: Beijing and the rest of China once again attacked by smog : Shanghaiist

Posted by Trish Riley, December 11, 2011

Though some Chinese media is still reporting the smog blanket currently engulfing Beijing as nothing more than a serious fog, the U.S. Embassy pollution monitoring index registered the city’s air as Beyond Index at 7pm Sunday night, with the level remaining at Hazardous since then.

Average visibility in the city has been between 1 to 3 kilometers, with some areas in the south of Beijing having a visibility under 500 meters. Highways and flights at Beijing Capital Airport have been affected as a result of the smog, which has been recurring in Northern China since October.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has refused to change their air-quality monitoring standards to account for particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), which is believed to have the greatest negative effect for human health.

via Photos: Beijing and the rest of China once again attacked by smog : Shanghaiist.

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