Beijing Shuts Down As Pollution Over Past 12 Hours Literally "Off The Chart"

Tyler Durden's picture

For the past 12 hours, the so-called PM2.5 level (or China's new pollution threshold) has been above the "serious" level. Bear in mind this is the newly adjusted-upwards threshold that already far exceeds the WHO's health-threatening levels.


Levels are officially "beyond index" today (with a peak at 613 so far compred to 500 "hazardous") and the streets are empty!

Via Bloomberg:

City’s air quality index reading near Tiananmen Square, putting it in category defined as “serious” pollution.


City warns residents to avoid outdoor activities


Reading of PM2.5 pollution near Tiananmen Square was 583 micrograms per cubic meter as of 6 a.m., with average reading in past 24 hours at 338, according to city’s air-monitoring website


NOTE: World Health Organization recommends 24-hour PM2.5 exposure of no more than 25

The widely followed @BeijingAir twitter account confirms just how bad it is on the ground. For those confused "Beyond Index" is a friendlier way of saying "Off The Charts"

Via @PeterSchloss



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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

China puts all their unwanted toxic waste products into the air.

We send ours to Washington, DC.

Not sure which of us is better off. At least ours stays indoors most of the time, in some nice buildings.

Say What Again's picture

All that shit drifts over the pacific ocean, dropping chemicals along the way.   Then it hits the western edge of the United States, and everyone has to breath that shit.  Japan's nuclear crap is washing ashore as well.

But all that matters is if the bernak will be pumping his pomo tomorrow.



"City warns residents to avoid outdoor activities"

What this means is; "stay inside the factories until we say you can leave"

Say What Again's picture

The US should triple, or more,  the tax on EVERYTHING that is imported from China.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Walmart and Target won't be happy when they hear about this...

FL_Conservative's picture

Exactly how are the Chinese supposed to take over the world when they can't even leave their fucking houses?

U4 eee aaa's picture

That's easy. They will move into ours and send all the prisoners to Beijing

Say What Again's picture

I saw a news special (60 minutes, frontline, or ???) where they showed all the crap that was embedded into the electronic plastic shit from China. 

China is behind most of the hacking uncovered in the US.

Call me paranoid, but I just don't trust them. 


Troll Magnet's picture

Of course our MSM will tell you that.  Bet a silver dollar they never mentioned Israel in their "special report."



Oh regional Indian's picture

These are simply population control vectors.

Now that burger making robots are here, no need for people it seems...

Every great "liberation" or die-off is always timed to when fewer people are "needed" to make this simulation work. 


jamezelle's picture

"Now that burger making robots are here, no need for people it seems..."


Yea because the robots will buy and eat the are you talking about.

the0ther's picture

I imagine that the real story is USSA is now best friends with CHICOMs. No real difference anymore and it's all a show.

DaveyJones's picture

I trust them almost as little as I trust my own 

bunnyswanson's picture

The Forgotten White Slaves - Whtie Cargo


They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

666's picture

I'm surprised the USSA doesn't issue a hazardous air alert when Obummer speaks or farts.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Exactly. Much more toxic. Especially the speaking

dubbleoj's picture

Cmon guys, its just a seasonal adjustment *cough*

Long pollution!

Flakmeister's picture

A carbon tax on imports would be very effective, $50 per tonne...

trader1's picture

in theory i agree. 

china would have to be an obliging player in that new game.  

Vendetta's picture

Only a sane country with a representative government would do that (Article 1 Section 8 had a blurb about regulating trade to coincide with the preamble).   

Bunga Bunga's picture

That would be the death for the US economic model.

El Crusty's picture

tax on the pollution drifting over?

TWSceptic's picture

The US should triple, or more,  the tax on EVERYTHING that is imported from China.


Say what again? That's the one positive thing for the US consumer, cheap imports. After that it's game over.

SolarSystem1932's picture

The Welker PDF starts...

"Asses the rate of desertification of the Gobi desert,..."

And that's when I stopped reading it.

bunnyswanson's picture

SolarSystem1932 > Ass

Asses = Assess

V. Conclusion

By examining satellite data, it was determiend that the Gobi is expanding approximately 15.3 km/year.  This is concurrent with the current reports of the Gobi's rate of expansion.  At this rate, China's capitol city will be on the edge of the Gob within 6-8 years, and many populated cities in between will be consumed by the desert's sands. 


Many Chinese officials beelieve that the idea of Beijing being swallowed by the Gobi in a few years is "silly," but according to the stellite data, if China does not take drastic action, mass amounts of people will be displaced and thirst and famine will be widespread.


I don't have time for this shit.

SilverRhino's picture

Walker document .... WTF .... I'm supposed to take this seriously when they can't even spell Assess?  (FIRST FUCKING WORD IN THE REPORT???)


ACP's picture

Either that or their central bank is printing smog now. That's one chart the HFTs don't have to paint.

AngelEyes00's picture

Maybe they should spray nicotine into the air to mix with the smog.  Then when there are alerts instead of complaining, people will go outside to get a nicotine boost.  It might also increase productivity/GDP and we know how important that is to China!

skree's picture

I just spoke to a co-worker and he said you can't see across the street. He said this between coughs. I will be traveling to China next month and have a supply of carbon filter masks at the ready. I used to be a smoker and don't feel that I have that much lung to give.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Start smoking natural tobacco again. It'll save you....



Xibalba's picture

they need to switch to ev's overnight

TeamDepends's picture

Algore.  ALGORE!!!!  The Chinese are being naughty!

jballz's picture


good news for smokers, anyway.

denverdolomte's picture

I hope this doesn't stunt their growth.

denverdolomte's picture

They should just stop reporting/recording the pollution and then it won't exist. All about the numbers, learn from the BLS and Wall St.



AngelEyes00's picture

You've got a good point there denverdolomte.  Just like food & energy are not included in inflation numbers maybe they should do a sampling of the smog and redact from the total smog count any particulates originating from burning coal, because they all need electricity, right?

Real Estate Geek's picture

It's just a problem of scale.  Not scale of the vehicles and industry in the area, but the graph's Y axis scale.  Swith to a logarithmic scale and things will look much more soothing.

TMLutas's picture

The US embassy has a pollution sensor on a mast in the compound and at a number of other missions. The website for that is here:

The numbers are starting to come down and are at 471 as of writing. The equipment goes "off index" at 500 and exceeded that level for 10 hours overnight. 

surf0766's picture

Their solar panels must be working great in this.

CreativeGlobalFinance's picture

Just like dimples on a golf ball!

Jlasoon's picture

Cheap shit = Pollution for Chinaman. 

tickhound's picture

But but... corporate profits are at all time highs! Even in china! Haven't you bitchez seen world markets?

And since product sustainability is INVERSE to economic growth... This is called a RESULT.

What this pollution needs is more growth. Growth is the fix. If you REALLY want to put this whole thing back together growth is the answer. What we need are politicians, from both sides of the aisle, to come together and figure out a looooooooong term plan for consistent growth.... put aside their differences, and GROW our way out of this...

The quickest way to job growth is to make more stuff with shorter life-spans and provide these services and products to all people through government subsidy and heavy taxes on the 5 corporations left who will make everything.

What you see here isn't pollution. It's progress. This is a proud to be human moment.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Planned obsolescence, we are now seeing the end game of that 'strategy'.