Beijing, ChinaYou’ve probably heard that the pollution in Beijing is so bad, just breathing the air is the health equivalent of smoking a bunch of cigarettes.  This is true.

It’s actually worse than you’d think.  It actually wasn’t something I was thinking about until my throat starting getting scratchy.  It’s noticeably bad.

There’s a website that measures various pollutants in the air and then turns those into a number called the AQI (air quality index).  As I write this, the AQI in Beijing is 167 –anything over 50 will impact your health.  For comparison’s sake, the current AQI in Toronto is 9.  So… that’s not great.

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