Beijing Red Alert Pollution Warning: Praying for Blue Skies

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Beijing Central Business District Beijing Central Business District

IMG_2479Yes it’s official. The authorities have issued a ‘red warning’ to Beijing that pollution levels are going to reach dangerous levels. For once the kindergarten opposite is quiet. All schools are closed for at least two days and children advised to stay at home. With the issue of the warning many people are afraid to go out.

“I’m not going out” texted one of my students on WeChat.
“Staying home. Afraid to go out. Even national library books look good today!” starting a flurry of text messages on multiple group chats.

Outside resembles the start of a bad dream. There is a strong sense of foreboding as buildings are wrapped in the heavy dim-yellow-grey toxic blanket that envelops Beijing. At least yesterday the sun was visible (kinda); a yellow disc obscured by a barrier of particles preventing any sort of UV penetration. Today is worse. Today…

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