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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Flakmeister's picture

And they won't have enough water to wash the crud out of their hair...

Flakmeister's picture

Riddle me this:

Why is that Germany can make basically the highest quality versions of whatever China makes, pay their labor at union scale and not be the 21st century of Mordor eviromentally?

Bueller? Bueller?

trader1's picture

by having a social market economy


Mediocritas's picture

By outsourcing labour (and pollution) to Eastern Europe where it costs much less than in DE.

Granted, Germany does it cleaner than China but it ain't no saint.

TWSceptic's picture

Each country produces different products, quality has nothing to do with it. China has environmental problems because of too much centralized manufacturing (which is a consequence of low wages, which are a consequence of manipulation of currencies by central banks, which is a consequence of US policy).

InflammatoryResponse's picture

They don't spend but 30 cents a year on defense.  they've lived under just like the rest of europe, the US defense spending umbrella for decades.


allowing them to allocate their resources differently.


teslaberry's picture

you laugh, but darwinian evolution will yield a race of super breathing china-men that can breathe toxic air and function normally within a few generations. 


after that is accomplished, they then pump toxic air to the whole planet and wait till half of everyone has instant emphyzima , and then begin waging actual war on whoever is not coughing up a lung. 


it's pretty genius actually. 


my solution, we pre-empt this plot, by hatching our own plot to visit an asteroid on a mission to direct it away from earth. in fact, the mission comandeers the asteroid directly towards china and then we claim it was an act of god and that the asteroid could not be stopped. it looks like we tried unsuccesfully to stop a bad accidnet, when in fact, we deliberately fuck the shit out of Eurasia and continue to lead happy lives while the eastern hemisphere suffers from a massive dinosaur killing asteroid strike. 


seroiusly guys----you gotta think more creatively if you want to actually WIN the next world war. machismo nuke versus nuke is just going to get everyone killed which is  lose lose. 

GrinandBearit's picture

Pretty good!  Should make a great movie.

W74's picture

Perhaps, but can they perform well at high altitudes?

An old saying goes: "The Hindi tongue stops at 1500 feet" and that applies to the Han Chinese and many other lowlander civilizations as well.  Look at a map of languages in China and you'll see my point.

falconflight's picture

Just asking, but how would this level of pollution compare to say the pollution outbreak in London circa 1953, when hundreds died?

Bunga Bunga's picture

Calm down, 500 is not as bad. When WHO recommends 24-hour PM2.5 exposure of no more than 25 and authorities consider 50 still "good", living in Beijing means death penalty anyway.  


NOTfromSanFrancisco's picture



Let's see... For the far east...

Smog, Radiation, Economic Train Wreck... Smog, Radiation, Economic Train Wreck..

So many choices... So little time...

q99x2's picture

Question: Why can't Asians stop killing themselves?

Answer: Because Westerners won't teach them that.

Bunga Bunga's picture

They just complete what Mao Zedong started.

q99x2's picture

This whole thing was Loyd Blankfein's idea and that "Doing God's Work" horseshit. If they want to stop the pollution they need to stop him. If they do the pollution will go away on its own.

q99x2's picture

I say give them spacesuits so they can at least get their asses to work and Yellen can up my FAFSA.

Its Only Rock N Roll's picture

Can hear it now:

"Our sales in our North American region were adversely affected by the cold weather in winter and our sales in the Asia-Pacific region were negatively affected due to the Chinese smog situation."  ~ CAT CEO


Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Quick, stop the Rubber Dog Shit Factories.....

Aussiekiwi's picture

Shortages mean....Bullish rubber dog shit and other high quality Chinese products.

walküre's picture

Central Planners of the world take note! Just moving the goal posts higher and changing the permissible levels does not, I repeat, it does not actually have any effect on the underlying cause!

You're welcome.

Catullus's picture

Can we encourage immigration to Ohio and change the name of one their cities to "CweaveWand"? Please.

nooyawka's picture

When are the Chinese going to start blaming it on Japan ... something Japan did to them in WWII?

thefirstabomb's picture

It's only one of a litany of problems China is facing.  Things are going to get ugly when people wake up to the China Bubble 

rustymason's picture


UN Climate Chief: Communism is best to fight global warming

Michael Bastasch
January 15, 2014

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model.

China may be the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and struggling with major pollution problems of their own, but the country is “doing it right” when it comes to fighting global warming says Figueres.

“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.”

Bizarro World Reports


Rising Sun's picture

Here comes cancer-gate .....wait, give it a couple of years, then we can call it cancer-gate


Kiss that 1.5B goodbye in pretty short order

luckylogger's picture

Never been there but assume it is like Gary Indiana in 1968 when I would stay with my Grandmother and it would just "snow" coal ash all night long. everything had a layer of coal ash on it every morning.

Am sure it was not "clean"coal by any extendt of the imagination......

vincent's picture

Congressional fieldtrip.

Maybe pick up a Panda while they're in the neighborhood.

I can see Sarah McLachlan now

cocoanut's picture

36K followers does not make for a widely follwed a twitter account. 

I Write Code's picture

It smells like ... victoly.

yogibear's picture

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

Sure,  Bernanke likes to pump his POMO.

Nexus789's picture

The Chinese have reached the promised land - they sit in endless traffic jams, get fat from eatting junk food, run up debt and die from poinsonous air. What more can they want.

Aussiekiwi's picture

Lucky bastards! living the dream.

A Dollar Short's picture

Smells like money to me.

NaN's picture

The problem is coal, coal, coal, coal, coal.

Sufiy's picture

SONY: Creators of Lithium-ion Battery Win Engineering's Highest Honors

With China choking up on pollution and electric cars for rent being introduced in super wending machines, time is to come back to our Lithium story. Tesla Motors is not a Venture company any more, but Auto making company and it is the major shift in the industry, which is still not taking very seriously on the Lithium supply side by investors.   Electric Revolution has been started long time ago and Lithium batteries were introduced in a truly industrial scale by Japan, Panasonic supplies its batteries for Tesla Motors now. But now new players from China are taking over Lithium materials supply and moving fast up the value chain in lithium battery making field.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Now tell me how my paying a carbon tax on the icrap i buy is going to change this?. Oh I get it, all the money will go to the US government and Al Gore will make sure it is efficiently use  worldwide to decrease carbon emissions. They are literally smothering themselves in their own aerosolized refuse and Al Gore wants me to pay to clean it up. Hey dipshit! The driving force is for cheaper icrap. That is why their air is not breathable. How about talking to the manufacturers that have crap built over there. You know, the people sitting next to you in the board meetings. The chance of taxing the consumer and getting any of the money to go to this situation is like a gazillion to one.. A horrible side effect of said talks might possible be some manufacturing in the US under better standards that might possibly increase employment thereby ending the "law of diminishing returns" that currently exists when you provide no jobs but want to sell everything to a population you just screwed over to get it manufactured elsewhere cheaper. There might be one little problem, though. Your check might be short. The kleptocracy might not need to pay you in the myrid of ways they do to continue this path of busisness as usual. Bummer. Now where's that 2nd cup of coffee

Notarocketscientist's picture

Actually I think that's a snowstorm.

Duude's picture

Bejing will soon be home to the poor as the middle and upper class move upwind.

Spungo's picture

Maybe we can environmentally destroy China by moving our factories there and dumping highly toxic waste into the local water system. Full scale war not required!

eaglerock's picture

Looking at the picture, I'm reminded of the pilot of the Korean airliner that crashed into San Francisco:  Ho Li Fuk!

evernewecon's picture








Even as Beijing, Ottawa and Moscow 

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So much for process informed markets

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There's ample evidence near 

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quantum of Mom/Pop benefiting

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remains the needed residual.

Kuanyeah's picture

21st century is the century of China: Jim Rogers