The China smog has brought cities to a standstill today with schools canceled and even businesses closing during some of the worst smog ever seen on the planet. According to USA Today on Oct. 21, one of the northern cities in China is seeing a smog 40 times higher than the international safety standard.
The smog, which shows up the same time every year, is due to the cold weather settling in and homes and businesses burning coal for their heating systems. The coal burning for the homes and businesses starts on a specific designated date nationwide. That date was Sunday and come Monday, the smog is so bad that visibility is said to be only 50 meters which is about 165 feet.
Folks were leaving home for work wearing masks, but because of the smog, some of the buses aren’t running. Getting to work is a task for many today. People looking out of their windows on Monday morning thought it was snowing, that is how thick the smog is. This massive smog is created when it is time to heat the homes and businesses as winter approaches.
U.S. jazz singer Patti Austen needed to cancel a concert in Beijing because while she was there she suffered an asthma attack, which is most likely due to the smog.
China’s cities have the “world’s worst smog” and the indifference to this fact by the country’s officials have brought the smog to a crisis level today. Last month China’s Cabinet released an action plan against the smog. This aims to make a reduction on the reliance of coal in this country. 68.4% of the total energy used in China during 2011 came from coal.