Shanghai Halts Construction, Orders Children Inside due to Severe Smog

Off-the-chart smog levels recorded on Friday in China’s second largest city put its 30 million residents at risk and has authorities urging people to stay indoors.
December 9, 2013, 5am PST | Kasper_O_Koblauch
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“Shanghai is notorious for its terrible air quality,” writes Sara Boboltz, “but the smog in this Chinese metropolis just hit absurd levels. The government's air pollution monitoring site records the level of PM2.5, particulate matter hazardous to health, at 477 as of this writing, one of the highest pollution levels ever recorded. The World Health Organization recommends an average PM2.5 level of 20 or below.”

“A fetid product of industrial pollution, car exhaust and particulate matter from coal burning, this blanket has been left to fester in the city's streets due to a bout of cold and still weather. It makes the city a dangerous place to be a living, breathing human right now. ‘Severely polluted’ air, the government site states, puts residents at increased risk of cardiopulmonary diseases, and it's suggested that everyone in the city avoid outdoor activity.”

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Published on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in The Huffington Post
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