posted on Jan, 22 2013 @ 02:28 AM
reply to post by MarkJS
When you look at google image search beijing you probably will not find much smog pictures.
This is probably due to the fact that photographers prefer pictures whit a view. On normal winterdays there is so much smog in Beijing, that you see,
well smog. The situation is really that grim that streetlights are on during the day and visibility is down to 50meters.
Speaking of propaganda: of course the chinese gov is into propaganda, so before the olympics in beijing they had programs that they closed factories
down and limited traffic. They cut traffic in half with regulations that on certain days only cars with even numberplates are allowed to drive, on
other days only cars with uneven numbers.
In general the situation is really bad. And beijing is not the worst city. In the province of shanxi the situation is even worse.
The WHO has statistics on the worst polluted cities worldwide. In the top 20 there are 15 chinese cities.
Respiratory diseases are the number one killer in china.
Reasons for the pollution are: around 80%percent of the energy produced comes from coal.
The economy is boosting (they produce about everything now for the whole world) and politics are focused on a strong economy, health concerns are
just ignored. It s the same situation like during the industrialization in england.
Adding to that, some of the worst things i ve seen there: in rural regions there are no heating systems in the houses and very bad insulation. How
they heat? Normally they put a put a pot of burning coal under the table in the living room. Now chimney!!!!
So in order to not die from carbonmonoxyd and smoke, they open the windows! Which is a vicious circle, the more open windows themore cold comes in,
the more you have to burn coals, the more air you need....