The level of air pollution in Beijing exceeds by 468% the maximum limit of 50 micrograms of PM 2.5 that qualifies the air as “good” quality, forcing the suspension of factories and outdoor school work. 

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported that pollution in urban areas reached up to 234 micrograms per cubic meter, which means that the air is very unhealthy, according to the New York Post of Nov. 5. 

Similarly, the agencies in charge of the Chinese capital issued their first intense pollution alert for the autumn and winter on Nov. 4, which imposed limits on factories and other outdoor activities. 

In this context, the Ministry of Environment of the Chinese Communist regime announced a general anti-pollution campaign to be carried out in some 64 smog-prone cities in the country’s industrialized north during winter 2021-22.

Air pollution released on Chinese territory in 2019 exceeded 27% of total global emissions, more than double those generated by the United States, according to a report by consulting firm Rhodium Group, released in May. 

Moreover, the same consultancy projected that pollution emitted by activities on Chinese territory increased during 2020, a year characterized by the pandemic. 

“While global data for the late 2020s are not yet available, we expect China’s per capita emissions to exceed the OECD average in 2020, as China’s net GHG emissions grew by about 1.7%, while emissions from almost all other nations declined sharply in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the report says. 

These projections could be reflected in the new record of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for the same year. 

Nevertheless, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to promote the creation of coal-fired power plants, despite the supposed commitments made in the Paris Agreement, to make up for the large energy deficit that burdens it. 

Beijing is currently building and reactivating plants to produce coal-based electricity, equivalent to the entire capacity of the European Union, according to a 2019 report presented by the Endcoal.org portal.

In addition to the uncontrolled pollution coming from industrialization, there are periodic sandstorms, which worsen the pollution of the air breathed in the Chinese territory. 

In March, the correspondent of CBC, Canada, Saša Petricic, highlighted in one of his tweets that the sand that covered Beijing exceeded the maximum levels of environmental pollution that are usually suffocating. 

“After a week of lung-choking industrial pollution in Beijing, China’s capital wakes up to a gritty, orange mess: a sandstorm blown in from the Mongolian desert that sends air pollution levels off the charts – well beyond the 999 maximum on scales. Not unheard of, but rare,” he wrote from the Twitter account @sasapetricic. 

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