Pollution in China and What it Means for Your Commute

The pollution in China, particularly in Beijing, is bad, and I mean really bad. It may not actually be the silent but deadly electric scooters going the wrong way down the street or cars passing at night without any lights on that eventually gets me on my commute, but rather the slow death of inhaling the equivalent of packs (‘s’ is very deliberate) of cigarettes a day in urban pollution as I commute to work on my motorcycle. In fact, it has gotten so bad recently, that it’s actually finally reached the foreign media, as the LA Times recently reported on how nearly 1,000 flights had to be cancelled within just the first week of December due to low visibility! The scariest thing however is the state of denial that the reporting of the local authorities reflects. Whenever there are flight cancellations or highway closures due to low visibility it
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