Beijing air quality plummets amid dust storm and pollution | Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Beijing air quality plummets amid dust storm and pollution

Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

In Beijing, concentrations of tiny PM2.5 particles that can reach deep into the lungs and bloodstream entered a dangerous range on air quality monitoring sites, with the IQAir website showing an air quality index of 1,093, a “hazardous” level, many times higher than what are considered “unhealthy” levels. Skyscrapers disappeared into the haze and air quality plummeted as China’s capital was enveloped in a dust storm and heavy pollution on Friday, reported AP. 

1 / 7
A view of the Forbidden City, as the city is shrouded in smog amid a sandstorm, in Beijing, China. Beijing was formerly notorious for its terrible air quality, but conditions had much improved in recent years as authorities took heavily polluting vehicles off the roads and moved coal-fired power plants and heavy industry to the surrounding provinces, reported AP. (Tingshu Wang / Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

A view of the Forbidden City, as the city is shrouded in smog amid a sandstorm, in Beijing, China. Beijing was formerly notorious for its terrible air quality, but conditions had much improved in recent years as authorities took heavily polluting vehicles off the roads and moved coal-fired power plants and heavy industry to the surrounding provinces, reported AP. (Tingshu Wang / Reuters)

2 / 7
A view of the central business district shot through a glass window during a dust storm in Beijing. Skyscrapers disappeared into the haze and air quality plummeted as China's capital was enveloped in a dust storm and heavy pollution on Friday, reported AP.(Borg Wong / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

A view of the central business district shot through a glass window during a dust storm in Beijing. Skyscrapers disappeared into the haze and air quality plummeted as China's capital was enveloped in a dust storm and heavy pollution on Friday, reported AP.(Borg Wong / AP)

3 / 7
People wearing face masks walk along a street during a day with poor air quality in Beijing. Concentrations of tiny PM2.5 particles that can reach deep into the lungs and bloodstream entered a dangerous range on air quality monitoring sites, reported AP. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

People wearing face masks walk along a street during a day with poor air quality in Beijing. Concentrations of tiny PM2.5 particles that can reach deep into the lungs and bloodstream entered a dangerous range on air quality monitoring sites, reported AP. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)

4 / 7
A woman poses for pictures near the Forbidden City, as the city is shrouded in smog amid a sandstorm. The capital also used to be known for regular springtime dust and sandstorms caused by winds blowing in from the loess hills along the upper sections of the Yellow River to the west. Anti-desertification efforts have helped reduce both the frequency and intensity of the storms that had often turned the surrounding air a cataclysmic yellowish-red, reported AP. (Tingshu Wang / Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

A woman poses for pictures near the Forbidden City, as the city is shrouded in smog amid a sandstorm. The capital also used to be known for regular springtime dust and sandstorms caused by winds blowing in from the loess hills along the upper sections of the Yellow River to the west. Anti-desertification efforts have helped reduce both the frequency and intensity of the storms that had often turned the surrounding air a cataclysmic yellowish-red, reported AP. (Tingshu Wang / Reuters)

5 / 7
People walk outside the Forbidden City, as the city is shrouded in smog amid a sandstorm. Air quality also improved markedly after 2000 when much of China’s industry was shuttered under lockdowns and quarantines mandated by China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy, reported AP.(Tingshu Wang / Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

People walk outside the Forbidden City, as the city is shrouded in smog amid a sandstorm. Air quality also improved markedly after 2000 when much of China’s industry was shuttered under lockdowns and quarantines mandated by China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy, reported AP.(Tingshu Wang / Reuters)

6 / 7
Cars and pedestrians navigate along a street shrouded in dust and haze in Beijing. China has been promoting coal-fired power, setting back efforts to cut climate-changing carbon emissions from the biggest global source. The country is also a top producer and consumer of coal and the biggest source of air pollution and climate-changing gasses, reported AP.(Mark Schiefelbein / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

Cars and pedestrians navigate along a street shrouded in dust and haze in Beijing. China has been promoting coal-fired power, setting back efforts to cut climate-changing carbon emissions from the biggest global source. The country is also a top producer and consumer of coal and the biggest source of air pollution and climate-changing gasses, reported AP.(Mark Schiefelbein / AP)

7 / 7
A view of a highway shot through a glass window during a dust storm. The ruling Communist Party has rejected binding emissions commitments, citing its economic development needs, and Beijing has avoided joining governments that promised to phase out use of coal-fired power, reported AP. (Borg Wong / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 11, 2023 06:20 PM IST

A view of a highway shot through a glass window during a dust storm. The ruling Communist Party has rejected binding emissions commitments, citing its economic development needs, and Beijing has avoided joining governments that promised to phase out use of coal-fired power, reported AP. (Borg Wong / AP)

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, March 02, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On