Virtual Sunrise in Beijing


There’s something fundamentally frightening about a city creating a virtual sunrise because the smog is so intense they cannot see the sun. That was the situation in Beijing’s Tianamen Square on Thursday as reported by CBS.

I’ve posted about the pollution in Harbin and Beijing several times. The main problem is that China uses coal as fuel for municipal heating. Other sources of pollution are also present. The levels reported exceed those in Manhattan – an admittedly urban and crowded place. 

This slogan was also on display in Tianamen Square on Thursday.  It says, “protecting atmospheric environment is everyone’s responsibility.”


That sounds good, but where is the action behind the phrase? Do the individual residents of Beijing realize they have actions that can take? Are they an informed part of the government’s plan?  I’m certain the average citizen in Beijing is not happy with the situation.

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