Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Who Knew? Smog is Good.
Well, it's not that it's all that good but it's not entirely bad either. At least that's what the Chinese government was telling its people as a toxic cloud covered half the country. Within every smoggy cloud lies a silver lining.
On Monday the website of China's state broadcaster CCTV published a list of five "unexpected benefits" brought by the crippling smog.
It said the haze had unified Chinese people, as they find solidarity in their complaints; equalised them, as both rich and poor people are vulnerable to its effects; enlightened them, as they realise the cost of rapid growth; and "made Chinese people more humorous", as smog-related jokes proliferate on the internet.
It had also helped to educate people, it said. "Our knowledge of meteorology, geography, physics, chemistry, and history has progressed."
The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid published by the Communist party's official People's Daily, added one more advantage: the smog could bolster China's military defences by scrambling guided missile systems.