China’s Smog Problem and its Causes

by Jason Xu

Smog in Beijing made headlines last December when the Chinese government had to shut down schools to protect children from “hazardous level” air. People all over the world saw pictures of Beijing and could not believe their eyes. It looked like a sand storm, except it was not sand in the air, but tiny particles that entered and stayed in people’s lungs. Some particles, referred to as PM 2.5, were even more dangerous because they could enter the bloodstream from the lungs. As scary as it looked in pictures, it was scarier to be there in person. I am from Beijing and I had personally experienced the smog on a daily basis. Continue reading