In just 20 minutes’ pollution took over Beijing


A British engineer filmed the advance of pollution in Beijing for just 20 minutes and put it all together in a 12-second video. Pollution abnormally high, puts 72 Chinese cities under alert.

This British engineer who currently resides in China, made a video of only 12 seconds that demonstrate, in timelapse, how a cloud of pollution reaches Beijing in a total of only 20 minutes. In the title, he put on the YouTube video, the author, Chad Jones, calls it an “Airpocalypse,” that is, a pun between the words “air” and “apocalypse”.

A total of 25 cities in northern, central and eastern China are on a red alert this week due to pollution, according to Chinese officials and the state media. This is the first red alert, the highest there is, due to air pollution in 2017 in China. The announcement adds to the situation in Beijing and another 20 cities that are on an orange alert due to the same problem.

In total, there are 72 Chinese cities that have some type of air pollution alert in place. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region of the Northeast extended its warning until the evening of last Saturday, December 31, 2016, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Tuesday.

In some places in that region, pollution will reach “very serious” levels with PM 2.5 (most dangerous) concentrations up to 300 micrograms per cubic meter (the World Health Organization recommends a maximum level of 25).

The forecasts for the Northeast region also point to a cold front next Sunday that dispels fog and pollution. The issuance of alerts is accompanied by different levels of restrictions for traffic, schools, activity of the industries or construction works. A report released Monday said many companies are ignoring these measures and continue their activity normally.