Sunday, January 13, 2013
China Makes Daytime Disappear
What's the difference between daytime and night time in Beijing? Fewer cars on the Ring Road.
A blanket of toxic air that has blocked out the sun across most of north China is dominating social media and looming as a serious political challenge. Visibility was reduced to a few hundred metres for much of the weekend in the Chinese capital and many of the city's 20 million went online to vent their fury about ''apocalyptic'' and ''post-apocalyptic'' conditions.
The Beijing News covered the story with the headline ''Blown the Charts'', showing that several air monitoring stations were recording levels higher than their indexes could cope with.