January 22, 2013

Pollution in China - Off the Charts

Beijing obscured by air pollution haze on January 13, 2013. 
On a scale of 0 to 500, Beijing air quality hits 755! [NY Times]

On January 12, Beijing's air pollution reached unprecedented levels, even beyond the upper limits of the Air Quality Index, which reports daily air quality around the world, and it's taking a serious toll on Beijing's residents. [ThinkProgress]
According to one hospital official, the number of emergency room patients with heart attacks roughly doubled over the weekend. Hospitals are struggling to handle an influx of people suffering from respiratory and cardiac trouble…. 
China's pollution disaster should serve as a warning for American lawmakers who want to defund the Environmental Protection Agency.



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