Blog Tag - Air Quality

DP Beicology: Can Beijingers Pedal the Pollution Away With Futuristic Smog Cleaning Bikes?
Though bikes have long been touted as a cleaner way to commute, Daan Roosegaarde hopes to shift such cycling into an even higher ecological gear. The...
Beijing Air Monitor May Have Been Compromised After Anti-Smog Truck Seen Parked Beside it
It's been a dreadful week for air in Beijing with the air quality index exceeding 900 after last Thursday's (May 4) sandstorm attack. Residents...
Share a Desk Without Coughing Up a Lung: AQI-Inclinced Coworking Spaces on Their Way to Beijing
Two issues dominate Beijing's headlines like no others: the capital's record-breaking pollution levels, and its rapidly rising rental rates. Naked...
"Whale Rider" Author Witi Ihimaera to Give Bookworm Talk, March 24
As the first published author of New Zealand's Māori Aboriginal minority, Witi Ihimaera has taken tales that are very specific to his culture and...
DP Beicology: Beijing's Last Large Coal-Fired Power Plant Suspends Operations, No One Notices
Though you wouldn't know it – based on the abysmally high AQI levels we've put up with over the past couple of days – the operation of Beijing's last...
R Beicology: Want to Know Which Factories are to Blame for Bad Air? Check Out this Pollution Map
In Beijing, few questions are more contentious than: "What is the main culprit behind our smog?" Some of us insist that vehicles are to blame, while...
Melting Polar Ice Caps Mean That Beijing's in for Many More Airpocalypses, Experts Warn
If you think Beijing's horrendous pollution levels couldn't get any worse, then brace yourself for more bad news. Yep, the capital's dismal air...
Throwback Thursday: Pollution Busting Vans Took to the Streets, Then Mysteriously Disappeared
Throwback Thursday takes a look back into Beijing's past, using our nine-year-strong blog archives as the source for a glance at the weird and...
DP Cut a Rug, Hack a Lung: Why Beijing's Pollution Might Make Dancing Dangerous
Many Beijing pollution fighters have already read the article that ran in the The Guardian this week referencing a 2016 report on the effects of...
Beijing's January Air Quality Plummets 52% Over the Start of Last Year
Now that January 2017 is in the bag, how’d we do on air quality? Not good. Beijing’s monthly average AQI index, as reported by the Ministry of...
Beijing Pollution Hits 647, but Beijingers Bought Fewer Fireworks
Beijing's PM2.5 concetration reached a mere 647 micrograms per cubic meter at its peak during Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) celebrations, down 7...
Top Barrier to Recriting and Retaining Top Talent in Beijing? Bad Air
Beijing’s pollution is repelling skilled employees at an alarming rate, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in China's annual business...
Beijing to Spend USD 2.6 Billion on Pollution Alleviation in 2017, but Sets Air Quality Goal at Twice WHO Standard
Beijing will spend RMB 18.2 billion (USD 2.6 billion) on pollution alleviation in 2017, although the municipal government has only set its PM2.5 air...
Beijing Born Scientist Turns Key Tofu (豆腐) ingredient Into a Superior, Smog Busting Air Filter
Beijingers are used to seeing soy used to produce all manner of foodstuffs – tofu, soy milk, edamame, protein supplements, soy sauce ... but soon we...
Chinese Authorities Request Cap on App's AQI Readings, and That (Surprisingly) Might Be the Right Move
The operators of a popular pollution monitoring app installed on tens of thousands of phones in Beijing have been told to cap its highest AQI reading...