Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Minute to Breathe

Where else but China are you going to hear people greet each other by saying, "Hey, wow, that's a cool filtration mask you've got!"

(That's just a cheap one but you can get all different colors and styles and filter types.)

Maybe you've read about the 5-day pollution emergency going on around Beijing. Nothing new, really; the other teachers say last year was a lot worse. In general November and December was pretty nice this year. (There were at least as many nice days as bad days.0

But for the last five days it's looked about like this:





Schools have technically been closed since the weekend, but since we're a boarding school outside of the city, quite a few kids ended up staying here. We just recently installed air filters in all the rooms, and mostly we've been sitting around with the kids watching movies. 


(A couple of my colleagues out enjoying cigarettes in the pollution emergency.)

I have to say, although I'm in general fond of the apocalyptic, after five days of this, I'm feeling pretty shitty. It's really one of the creepiest and saddest things I've ever seen -- people walking around bundled up like they work in an asbestos factory, the sun a little forgotten smudge in the middle of the opaque blanket of pollution. 



Of course I have an air filter in my apartment, and then I recently bought a hand-held pollution sensor which I have all kinds of fun playing with. (It goes off the chart if you fry bacon next to it, I found.) 

Here's the reading last Sunday, standing by an open window, about 12 times higher than acceptable levels:  



I noticed that my air filter can pretty much handle only one room at a time, so if you live in China you're probably wise to have one for each room:  




The main culprit is coal, apparently, which is used for most of the electricity generating, although the cars and industry certainly contribute. So all you Trump supporters eagerly awaiting him to gut America's environmental regulations, bring back industry and use coal again?  All this can be yours!

8 comments:

nigel moore said...

Get a life.

Anonymous said...

God damn, almost 2017, and somebody still using the expression "get a life"?

Anonymous said...

We see you X with your hoodie and mask looking like the Anti fascist punk you are. So, you want the Chinese to continue polluting the planet (yes, news to fools like you, the pollution does not stay within China's borders. Which begs another question: you care not if the Chinese poison themselves and cause massive species extinction in China?)

In any case bringing industry back from the turd world will greatly reduce planetary pollution as well as restore the wealth and prosperity of our people.

X, did you not notice that Germany burns massive amounts of dirty brown coal yet there is no smog over German cities? It is called clean coal. Or maybe you just hate the working white man of the west, such as the coal miner, and wish he and his ill.

I do believe you have the mind disease of libtardism and I am certain you are no Southerners.

Ps. I work in China.

Anonymous said...

Another thing, your eyes look hollow.

Anonymous said...

Wind and solar accounted for 1/3 of Germany's electricity last year:

http://energypost.eu/german-conundrum-renewables-break-records-coal-refuses-go-away/

Funny that the Germans are the voice of reason and moderation these days.

Anonymous said...

1/3? I don't believe it. Vattenfall, a Swedish corporation, produces much of Germany's energy. They burn dirty brown coal.

Solar and wind are mostly welfare for the rich schemes.

Unknown said...

Hey X!
Where can I buy the same pollution sensor? I've been looking for something like this and but nothing looks/works as good as the one you got!
Thank you in advance!

englishteacherx said...

I got it off the BaoPals website.