Another week, another airpocalypse as it looks like smog will once again be a regular feature of the skies above Beijing and much of urban China this winter.
A yellow alert for air pollution was issued for the Chinese capital at noon on Saturday with the AQI going on to rise above 360 in some areas. This was the second time that Beijing has raised a yellow warning in November, a month that has seen its worst air quality days in one-and-a-half years.
Before & after: Beijing’s choking smog. pic.twitter.com/1oL75rERdI
— Leo Ramírez (@LeoRamirezAFP) November 26, 2018
The good news is that conditions are expected to improve today (at the moment, Beijing’s air is merely “unhealthy for sensitive groups”), but how long will the blue-ish skies last before another airpocalypse rolls in?
While China had made admirable strides in cleaning up its infamously toxic air, the country appears to be backsliding this winter. This may come as a result of Chinese leaders once again emphasizing economic growth over the environment with some experts speculating that emissions rules have been relaxed this year in order to bolster factories and counter the current economic slowdown.
If that’s indeed the case, it promises to be a long, dark winter.