Blog Tag - Airpocalypse

DP Feb 2017's In The Bag: Is the Air Getting Better?
We're past the two-month mark for 2017. How are we doing on the government's pledge to improve the air this year? Not good. According to Ministry of...
R Smog Makes 70% of China Unhappy (The Other 30% Probably Own Coal Mines)
Seven out of 10 China residents are unhappy about smog and 71 percent claim to wear masks on smoggy days, a recent survey detailed in the Global...
China Ponders Smog Subsidy for Outside Workers
A recent debate on providing public works employees extra pay for working in polluted air has got us thinking: How hard can it be to supply these...
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...
R Waiting to Exhale: Beijing Restaurateurs Eagerly Welcome Back Patrons After an Airpocalyptically Quiet Week
Beijing’s restaurateurs are breathing sighs of relief in every sense of the word: Last week's record-breaking smog levels not only affected the...
Air Purifiers Finally Coming to Beijing Classrooms
Beijing has taken a giant step forward torwards equipping public schools with air purification machines, thereby providing students a breath of fresh...
It's Official: You've Just Lived Through the Worst Week of Bad Beijing Air in Recent Memory
Congratulations, contemporary Beijing residents: You now have new pollution bragging rights, as you have survived the worst week of air on record...
Believe it or Not: Beijing's Air Was Better Overall in 2016
It may seem hard to believe given we're in the midst of an ugly stretch of some of the worst air in recent memory, but Beijing’s air in 2016 was 8...
University to Students: If You Want to Use an Air Filter, Get a Doctor's Note
In the latest victory of bureaucracy over common sense, Beijing's Communication University has told students they need a doctor's note and a personal...
Man the Lifeboats! Batten Down the Hatches! Red Alert Declared for Beijing's Air Dec 20
Fresh on the heels of last week's false alarm comes another whopper: We're in for a red alert for bad air beginning at 8pm tomorrow (Friday) night,...
Superior Seal Makes idMask Effective, But Product Could Use Some Debugging
Whenever a new mask enters the market I am super eager to test it, as I’ve been living (and breathing) in Greyjing for 16 years now. Disclaimer: I'm...
Three Quarters Through 2016, Beijing's Air 10 Percent Better Than Last Year
With 75 percent of 2016 in the can, Beijing's air has been 10 percent better than last year, a trend that we endorse with a deep, deep breath and a...
Get Yourself Prepared with a Combo PM 2.5 and CO2 Monitor as the Smog Monster Returns
While we must keep in mind that the glass is still half full (2016 has been a better year for air in Beijing than 2015), the harsh reality is that we...
Zuckerberg Shows How Much He Loves China By Running in AQI 337 Air Without a Mask
How far would you go to curry favor with China? How about running through Tiananmen Square without a mask in this morning's thick-as-pea-soup AQI 337...
Beijing, Five Area Cities Join In for Trial Adjustment of Air Quality Warning System
Five surrounding cities will join Beijing in a trial adjustment of the Air Quality Warning System that resulted in the declaration of two Red Alerts...