While China has done an admirable job of cleaning up the air over the last couple of years, that doesn’t mean the era of airpocalypses is already behind us.
A dense layer of smog has now settled in over northern China, reducing visibility to less than 200 meters. China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has said that the grey skies will persist in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, and Shanxi until at least Thursday, blaming the issue on high humidity, poor air diffusion, and, of course, heaters. To mark the occasion, Beijing has issued its first yellow alert for smog of the season.
At the moment, China’s AQI map shows a familiar slathering of reds and purples.