The Air is Getting Better All the Time!

When I moved to Shanghai in 2011, air pollution was so bad that schools closed a few times each year and encourage their students to stay indoors all day. We measure air pollution with the AQI (Air Quality Index) scale, that ranges from 0 to 500. Anything over 50 is bad, and it was believed no inhabitable place could exceed 500. Well, we passed 500 several times. The air was so bad, you could not see buildings across the street! Fast forward to 2017, and Beijing has been taking incredible steps to improve China’s air. The results have been so positive, it’s almost like living in a whole new city. The once eternally white and gray skies are now beautifully decorated with clouds and various sunsets of reds and oranges.

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