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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Charles Wilson's picture

"Comrade, I thought you mean "Product" for Plan Obsolescence.

Not "WE"."

akak's picture


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

Ah, ah, glorious economic progress of Sons of Heaven, can't deny it.  You have vigorously blobbed-up the appropriate Chinese Citizenism sendiments in the most mattering way.  All pollution being product of US 'american' consumptionalization, never the else, it is in the proof that there is no pollution in China.  All progration more than this is just offuscation and duplicity of US 'american' citizenism citizens, whose nature as parongongs of monolizing the resource exploitation means while projectionizing blame for is eternal.

The mettle of those who engage in farming the poor, extorting the weak is the seeking of symmetry between all and nothing.  US 'american' pollution is all, Chinese pollution is nothing.  But hey, when one can't accept reality, forcing responsibility to the exterior and scraping the Chinese goat is the recourses at hand.  Same story as always, best yet.

Welcome to the Chinese 'american' can-kicking world, it's a hazy place full of insanitation, you'll see.

Bananamerican's picture

one of my favorite reads on ZH is Akak riffing Chi-Com..."blobbing up" gets me every time...

Where the fuck did that come from? AnAnonymous?

akak's picture

"Blobbing-up" is indeedwise the word coinage of AnAnonymous, the engrish of his entering the halls of legendary and never to be in the forgetting in the memories of US and all other 'american' citizenism citizens according to their eternal nature.  Upping the Chicom hypocritizenism and inability to self-indict to infinity and below.


akak    This is ruling class hipocriticinism, GREENIES here  in the US but blatant polluters blobbing-up Chicom air space to make over crowding look a little more attractive for THEMSELVES. Bad citizenism indeed. Elites speak with forked tounge, massive toxicity if it suits them and their purpose.

walküre's picture

Too bad "the Doctor" is a ficticious character and doesn't ever show up. Would be cool if he stopped by and monkeyhammered those responsible to make sure there will still be people in the 51 century.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Death by 7 billion cuts. I said... cuts.

aka_ces's picture

The U.S. outsourced not only the jobs but also much of the pollution.

thatthingcanfly's picture

They need Ben Bernanke to fly his helicopter over Beijing to blow away all the smog with his rotor wash.

And wreck their currency.

Never One Roach's picture

crap..this means moar are going to move here and push house prices up with their cash purchases.


Skateboarder's picture

No more. Please. We can't afford house prices here anymore. Massive bubble in SF Bay Area home prices + now Chinese showing up with cash puts 'average' 100K households here at closer to 8x income as compared to the 6x as compared to the 4x as compared to the 2-3x before.

cougar_w's picture

Most of the increase in housing prices in the SF Bay Area must be hot money from China. People there are getting rich and getting out, headed for the (relatively) cash-safe US.

This is bound to eventually fuel a UST sell off by the Chinese banking system to make up for capital flight.

The amazing net-net is that while Americans got a bunch of disposable plastic junk from China, the Chinese used the leverage and secured most of our real estate.

carlnpa's picture

We will of course have a apecial tax for Chinese held real estate in the future.  Chinese get screwed anyway you look at it.

The Japanese several decades ago did the same thing in US real estate, they lost their asses.

Papasmurf's picture

The yellow sorrow has gone airborne.

AngelEyes00's picture

This smog is making my eyes squint.

Skateboarder's picture

Careful kid, don't squint too long. Might become poimanent.

blindman's picture

the Chinese should eliminate the environmental
regulations that are causing their industries to
pollute the environment so detrimentally.

Matt's picture

And replace them with the ability for people to sue each other and corporations for negative externalities. Once you criss-cross all the cars, factories, power plants, etc, the several hundred billion law suits ought to keep everyone busy for a while.

blindman's picture

Randy Newman - Political Science
more sick shit

phoolish's picture

Factories still pumping out plastic pumpkins I'm sure.

Jlasoon's picture

Obama can sign executive order #735262182937463524143263 authorizing a government EPA intervention to bring environmental purification and sanctification to the people of China.  

starman's picture

Where there's smoke there's .........

Dragonsgrace's picture

I used to go over there.  The moment you got off the plane you could literally taste the air.  I used to call it "The Taste of China."   And that was before these alerts.  I cannot even really imagine what this is like.   Take a deep breath MF! 

tallen's picture

When I went to Beijing on holiday in 2011, it was like being in a giant cloud. Grey everywhere, couldn't even see the sun. You could feel the general direction of the heat. When you went for a shower in the evening the water came off grey. Not going back any time soon.

FLHRS's picture

There are good places and good people everywhere, but of the parts of the world that I have visited:  China is a shit hole.  So is most of Mexico, Central and South America.  Africa is the worst of all.  The far east has a lot of nice places (gotta love the Philippinos and Thai people), but the big cities are just too crowded.  Europe is ok if you don't mind living in a flat and paying too much for everything, crowded.  I like Australia.  All of you stiffs that bad mouth the USA don't know how good we have it overall.  The coasts are taking us down the shitter.  We're fucked up, but it's still the best place to live.  Give me my vehicles, nice house, toys and the open spaces that I enjoy in the rockies.  GO USA!     

Rukeysers Ghost's picture

That's too bad about the Chinamen having to breath toxic soot, but you should see the deal I got on my new Chinese toaster I just bought at the local box store. It will probably only last six months but is painted in a lead based paint that makes it sparkle. The asbestos wrapped power cord is a great feature too.

Schmuck Raker's picture

Any Chinese oxygen supply firms listed in the US?

wisehiney's picture

All of stuff going on in the world right now reminds me of those old black and white films that showed a dystopian future, and the narrator ominously says...."and the human race had destroyed the world's environment, poisoned the food supply, destroyed the world's economies, disease was rampant, they were constantly at war..........."

Jlasoon's picture

And addicted to porn...

slightlyskeptical's picture

It's exactly like that, but the narrator is instead telling everyone how nice and perfect everything is, while it is crumbling before their eyes. That is exactly why I am so worried. The degree of dishonesty and dillusion just gets worse and worse like it's already too late and you better grab yours while you still can. Doesn't give a thinking man (or someone who thinks they think) very much comfort.

IridiumRebel's picture

Absolutely correct. When they break the gates and rush the doors, I hope the media is the first to get overrun. I loathe them.

Not_Sure's picture

Yeah, that would be the movie "Idiocracy".

chump666's picture

China should have NEVER been the factory of the world.  F*cking Keynes lunacy.

Jlasoon's picture

Aint neo-slavary grand? We've simply gone from the black man in the south to the china man in the east.  

chump666's picture

100% correct.  This is why Asia more so China is a disaster.  The consumer in American brawling with each other over cheap made junk from China, all the while China sinks in it's own pollution.  if the boom/bust cycle was allowed to occur,  we wouldn't have peak pollution, and crony/bubble inflation.  Keynes is to blame through and through.  To hear Krugman praise Japan with that insane economic policy which will lead to war mind boggling, but not surprising in our f*cked up world. 

Jlasoon's picture

I've often said what follows, we deserve. We only have ourselves to blame for this mess. 

"All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states." -Buddha

Karma's a bitch and we're about to feel its wrath for what we've perpetuated this last century. Get ready.

Flakmeister's picture

WTF has this to do with Keynes?

This is all about global labor wage arbitrage, i.e. an extension of one of the lynchpins of capitalism...

aphlaque_duck's picture

No, it's the petrodollar hegemony. That enslaves them to working for USD, because they need them for oil.

There's nothing wrong with labor arbitrage per se - that lets people work who otherwise couldn't. With increased division of labor, more value is produced. But it has to be based on sound money.

Flakmeister's picture

Sorry... but the above is simply wrong...  fractally so...

Bananamerican's picture

"There's nothing wrong with labor arbitrage per se"

Nothing except the fact that the great leveller in global labor/wage abitrage is a fucking bowl of RICE!

Tarrif the shit out of China until the muthas "clean up" their act.

The Chi-com governments treatment of its own citizens makes the Opium Wars seem like the Marshall plan in comparison

chump666's picture

Everything.  The debt binge (which Krugman waffles on about re: China.  The problem is actually rampant credit expansion) via China loading up on America, shifting industry to China so America can consume.  China is now stuck in a demand side implosion, either America goes into a depression or China goes into a meltdown.  The manipulation of markets by Keynes voodoo lunatics have distorted, we are all going down together.   

Keynesian economics:

The term“Keynesian economics” was used to refer to the concept that optimal economic performance could be achieved – and economic slumps prevented – by influencing aggregate demand through activist stabilization and economic intervention policies by the government. Keynesian economics is considered to be a “demand-side” theory that focuses on changes in the economy over the short run.

Flakmeister's picture

You are putting the cart before the horse buddy...

Corporate greed in the name of delivering profits to shareholders is the real cause...

falconflight's picture

What's more important, economic improvement for their impoverished masses or a now cult-like Western viewpoint that industrialization is evil, and we can live in a post industrial society and maintain our standard of living and Stay warm w/ "renewables."

Flakmeister's picture

It is not evil, but it can run amok...

Waterfallsparkles's picture

I guess that is the good part of sending them all of our Manufacturing jobs over there.  We may not have jobs but we have clean air.

Waterfallsparkles's picture

Looks like the Chinese are throw away people.  Get them to manufacture cheep products for pennys a day and then kill them with toxic air.  I guess that will solve Chinas population problem.

walküre's picture

stage a parade or a mass exercise

the air at Tianmen SQ was cleaner when they rolled the tanks

tough shit

ebworthen's picture

Saw on the Taiwan news on MhZ last night that their air quality was worse this year because of the particulates wafting over to the island from China.

ElvisDog's picture

And people think the Chinese are going to take over the world? The Chinese are going to be too physically weak and riddled with disease to take over the world.