China's severe air pollution visible from space

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 11:21 hrs

China's air pollution has reached new heights, with smog so thick that it is visible from space.

Over the past week, the blanket of pollution over Beijing and its suburbs has left buildings in a haze and people unable to see more than 200 feet in front of their faces, reports New York Daily News.

Airlines have canceled flights because of poor visibility and satellite photos show smog so thick it obscures images taken from outerspace.

Particle count in Beijing regularly exceeds a level of 500 on a globally recognized index that considers above 300 "hazardous." The World Health Organization recommends a daily level of no more than 20.

On Jan. 12 in Beijing, that particle count soared to 755, the highest on record, putting pollution in a "beyond" category.

Unregulated industry, vehicles and cheap gasoline have been blamed for the country's stifling air pollution.

According to a media report, a pediatric hospital in downtown Beijing has treated a record 9,000 children this month, mostly flu, pneumonia, tracheitis, bronchitis and asthma patients.

Authorities in Beijing met on Tuesday to discuss how to combat the problem, according to state news agency, Xinhua.

Politicians enacted a 48-hour closure of some polluting businesses and people were were asked to stay off the roads. (ANI)

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