Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Blue Shanghai Sky's Blues

When I looked up while walking outside this morning in Shanghai, the blueish sky and light patches of white clouds encouraged me.

blueish sky in Shanghai

But like a day when I was "deceived by the sky" in Beijing, I learned the air quality was nothing to cheer:
In this case, Shanghai residents can't even say "at least it's better than Beijing", where instead of 163 the air quality index at the same time was "only" 115—still far from good.

For me, it's a reminder that, although they receive the most attention, the more obviously bad air days are not the only ones to be concerned about. More on this theme later.


  1. bangalore, blue skies, but lungs burn and clothes filthy, heavier than air pollution .. shanghai, always so clean on the ground, but usually gray skies, assumed lighter than air pollution

    1. Many types of air pollution . . . Reminds me of how I more often smelled/tasted the street-level pollution in Ho Chi Minh City despite the air appearing much clearer. Worth noting that the above Shanghai pollution measure is specifically for air at the U.S. Consulate compound in Shanghai, so presumably it reflects "people-level" conditions. On an India-related note, I just saw this new not-encouraging piece: "Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change".