For the past 12 hours, the so-called PM2.5 level (or China’s new pollution threshold) has been above the “serious” level. Bear in mind this is the newly adjusted-upwards threshold that already far exceeds the WHO’s health-threatening levels.
Levels are officially “beyond index” today (with a peak at 613 so far compred to 500 “hazardous”) and the streets are empty!
Via Bloomberg:
City’s air quality index reading near Tiananmen Square, putting it in category defined as “serious” pollution.

City warns residents to avoid outdoor activities

Reading of PM2.5 pollution near Tiananmen Square was 583 micrograms per cubic meter as of 6 a.m., with average reading in past 24 hours at 338, according to city’s air-monitoring website

NOTE: World Health Organization recommends 24-hour PM2.5 exposure of no more than 25
The widely followed @BeijingAir twitter account confirms just how bad it is on the ground. For those confused “Beyond Index” is a friendlier way of saying “Off The Charts”

Beijing Shuts Down As Pollution Over Past 12 Hours Literally “Off The Chart”


Exactly how are the Chinese supposed to take over the world when they can’t even leave their f–king houses?


But but… corporate profits are at all time highs! Even in china! Haven’t you bitchez seen world markets?
And since product sustainability is INVERSE to economic growth… This is called a RESULT.
What this pollution needs is more growth. Growth is the fix. If you REALLY want to put this whole thing back together growth is the answer. What we need are politicians, from both sides of the aisle, to come together and figure out a looooooooong term plan for consistent growth…. put aside their differences, and GROW our way out of this…
The quickest way to job growth is to make more stuff with shorter life-spans and provide these services and products to all people through government subsidy and heavy taxes on the 5 corporations left who will make everything.
What you see here isn’t pollution. It’s progress. This is a proud to be human moment.


the Chinese should eliminate the environmental
regulations that are causing their industries to
pollute the environment so detrimentally.


Factories still pumping out plastic pumpkins I’m sure.


I used to go over there.  The moment you got off the plane you could literally taste the air.  I used to call it “The Taste of China.”   And that was before these alerts.  I cannot even really imagine what this is like.   Take a deep breath MF!


When I went to Beijing on holiday in 2011, it was like being in a giant cloud. Grey everywhere, couldn’t even see the sun. You could feel the general direction of the heat. When you went for a shower in the evening the water came off grey. Not going back any time soon.


That’s too bad about the Chinamen having to breath toxic soot, but you should see the deal I got on my new Chinese toaster I just bought at the local box store. It will probably only last six months but is painted in a lead based paint that makes it sparkle. The asbestos wrapped power cord is a great feature too.


All of stuff going on in the world right now reminds me of those old black and white films that showed a dystopian future, and the narrator ominously says….”and the human race had destroyed the world’s environment, poisoned the food supply, destroyed the world’s economies, disease was rampant, they were constantly at war………..”


It’s exactly like that, but the narrator is instead telling everyone how nice and perfect everything is, while it is crumbling before their eyes. That is exactly why I am so worried. The degree of dishonesty and dillusion just gets worse and worse like it’s already too late and you better grab yours while you still can. Doesn’t give a thinking man (or someone who thinks they think) very much comfort.


Aint neo-slavary grand? We’ve simply gone from the black man in the south to the china man in the east.


100% correct.  This is why Asia more so China is a disaster.  The consumer in American brawling with each other over cheap made junk from China, all the while China sinks in it’s own pollution.  if the boom/bust cycle was allowed to occur,  we wouldn’t have peak pollution, and crony/bubble inflation.  Keynes is to blame through and through.  To hear Krugman praise Japan with that insane economic policy which will lead to war any-day…is mind boggling, but not surprising in our f*-ked up world.


No, it’s the petrodollar hegemony. That enslaves them to working for USD, because they need them for oil.
There’s nothing wrong with labor arbitrage per se – that lets people work who otherwise couldn’t. With increased division of labor, more value is produced. But it has to be based on sound money.


I guess that is the good part of sending them all of our Manufacturing jobs over there.  We may not have jobs but we have clean air.

Saw on the Taiwan news on MhZ last night that their air quality was worse this year because of the particulates wafting over to the island from China.

And people think the Chinese are going to take over the world? The Chinese are going to be too physically weak and riddled with disease to take over the world.


And they won’t have enough water to wash the crud out of their hair…


you laugh, but darwinian evolution will yield a race of super breathing china-men that can breathe toxic air and function normally within a few generations.

after that is accomplished, they then pump toxic air to the whole planet and wait till half of everyone has instant emphyzima , and then begin waging actual war on whoever is not coughing up a lung.

it’s pretty genius actually.


Mar. 22, 2010

Beijing residents awakened Monday to skies the eerie yellow color of a street lamp. It was the second time in three days that the Chinese capital had been scoured by sandstorms that have hit 16 provinces across west, central and north China, affecting nearly one-fifth of the country’s 1.3 billion people, according to the state-run Xinhua News Service.
Tiananmen Square was filled with choking whirlwinds, cars and bicycles were coated in a thin layer of wheat-colored dust, flights were delayed and on March 20 the air pollution index reached 500 — the worst level possible — due to the high level of particulates in the air. A day later, several cities in eastern China including Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou reported similarly bad air quality. Hong Kong and Taiwan also reported dangerously high levels of pollution.
Mongolian Cyclone dusting up Beijing
“What has lead to the floating dust in Beijing is what we call a ‘Mongolian cyclone,’ a whirlwind caused by low atmospheric pressure,” says Zhang Mingying, a senior engineer at the Beijing Meteorology Bureau. “The center of the Mongolian cyclone is usually 800 to 1,000 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing, a vast desert region covering southern Mongolia and northwestern Inner Mongolia. The cyclone draws sand and dust particles into high altitudes and together with a strong north wind, it brings sand grains to nearby areas, and smaller dust particles further south.”
China’s dust bowl
Springtime sandstorms are common in China, as Siberian winds blow dust and sand off the Gobi desert across east Asia — sometimes as far as North America. But the size of the storm that began Saturday has surpassed what China’s capital has seen recently. The storms began in desert areas of the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia and the adjacent central Asian nation of Mongolia, which is suffering from the combination of a dry summer followed by a brutally cold winter. The UN has set aside $3.7 million in aid to help Mongolia recover from the extreme conditions, which have left thousands short of food and fuel and killed more than 2 million sheep and other livestock.
In China, the annual sandstorms have been exacerbated by desertification. Agricultural expansion, overgrazing and population growth starting in the 1950s strained already dry regions in western China. By 2004, 27% of the country’s landmass suffered from some degree of desertification, according to the Chinese Meteorological Administration. China has invested heavily in planting trees and small shrubs over former croplands to prevent the spread of arid land eastward. The government has reported the rate of desertification has slowed after 2000, but says climate change and other environmental pressures means more than 186,000 square miles (300,000 sq km) of land are still at risk.
desertification in Inner Mongolia.
While northern China has been battered by sandstorms this spring, traditionally soggier south China has been battling drought. Premier Wen Jiabao spent the weekend touring drough-stricken villages in Yunnan province, where many areas have received half the usual rainfall. Sixteen million people in the region are now suffering drinking water shortages, according to state media. The Dai ethnic group, which is concentrated near the Burmese border in western Yunnan, has even been encouraged to cut back on the amount of water used during the upcoming Water Splashing Festival it celebrates each year to mark the arrival of spring.