Beijing Rated “Very Unhealthy” on the PM2.5 Scale

The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Monday the 3rd gave Beijing, China, a rating of 288. According to the U.S. Embassy in China, this rating means the following health-related issues are likely:

“Significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; significant increase in respiratory effects in general population.”

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Frightening … yes. But it is this picture that truly puts the life-threatening situation into context.

While vehicle traffic and coal usage are the primary contributing factors, industrial pollution is adding to the problem. PM2.5 may be more heavily regulated in the U.S., but there is clearly a need for stricter controls around the world.

Please share your thoughts on how as a community we can ensure the health and safety of people around the world through improved air quality regulation and oversight.

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