12 Jun '12, 1pm

China’s smog city: What Wuhan looks like with 20 times the U.S. dust limit

China’s smog city: What Wuhan looks like with 20 times the U.S. dust limit

This is what residents of the Chinese province of Wuhan woke up to yesterday. At about 2 a.m. local time Monday morning, a dense smog began to cover the province. By early afternoon, it reached its peak density in the land-locked city of Wuhan itself. People posted numerous photos of the haze on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter. One blogger described her friends in the city darkly joking about being turned into Incredible Hulks . What makes this smog dangerous isn’t that people will be transformed into giant, furious, off-color mutants, probably. The demonstrable danger is to lungs and bloodstreams. The air in Wuhan was thick with tiny particles. Safety measurements of airborne particulate matter generally assess two different speck sizes: larger particles of about 10 micrometers (one-ten thousandth of a centimeter) in diameter, known as PM 10 (particulate matter 1...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/chinas-smog-city-what-wuhan-looks-l...

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