As expected, blue skies have not yet returned to north China, which has found itself under a thick layer of smog for the second straight day. At the center of this latest airpocalypse is Beijing where foreign journalists have been busy snapping photos of the scenery outside their windows.
Beijing’s tallest building and glittering Guomao are just over there… buried in the soup. pic.twitter.com/PeW3xtIK9T
— Bill Birtles (@billbirtles) November 14, 2018
What a yellow pollution alert looks like in Beijing this AM. Outside my window. pic.twitter.com/zfU49rjlgo
— Eunice Yoon (@onlyyoontv) November 13, 2018
Air quality hazardous in Beijing. Possibly the worst in weeks. (The view from my sitting room window this morning and on better mornings. Yes, that's a rare sight of double rainbows) @htTweets pic.twitter.com/GxXPlwDMgd
— sutirtho patranobis (@spatranobis) November 14, 2018
— Tomasz Sajewicz (@TomaszSajewicz) November 14, 2018
While Shanghai’s AQI reading is a positively pleasant 93, Beijing’s PM 2.5 levels have soared into the 300s today, the worst in one-and-a-half years. In fact, the air quality in Beijing at the moment is worse than several Californian cities which have been affected by massive wildfires this week.
China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has blamed the grey skies on high humidity, poor air diffusion, and, of course, heaters. The heavy smog is expected to stick around until Friday.