After battling the pollution during a day prancing around Gulou Dajie, I thought it may be wise to post two things today. One, the iPhone app that lets you track the pollution index in Beijing (Today’s reading? 189 or ‘Unhealthy’ and a big red bar reminding you of this) and two, some photos. While when I first stepped off the plane at the old Beijing airport in 1996 the air was redolent of burnt coal, now the scent is a noxious mixture of coal, gas, and other pollutants (as evidenced by the ‘carbon monoxide’ graph below).
Here’s that useful website for world travelers: http://iphone.bjair.info/
While I cannot claim, as an American, to have the lowest carbon footprint, the current economic growth and development in China is utterly unsustainable (and we, consumption-happy Americans, are equally to blame). As if you needed further evidence, check these photos below…
Here’s to hoping for the next economic/capitalistic boom: green/sustainable energy!