State Media Deletes Editorials Espousing the Benefits of Air Pollution
The Shanghai environmental authority announced on Thursday that it has adjusted its air pollution standards to reduce the number of alerts, adding that they will still be frequent in winter.On December 8, 2013, China’s official news agency Xinhua published an English language article entitled “Smog Not to Smother Road Toward Chinese Dream: Experts.” Some excerpts:
Experts say the move was a reluctant tacit acknowledgment of the city's poor air quality.
The municipality's Environmental Protection Bureau will now lift air pollution alerts when the concentration of PM2.5 — particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter that can penetrate deep into human lungs — falls below 115 micrograms per cubic meter.
Previously, the bureau lifted alerts after the concentration of PM2.5 dropped below 75 micrograms per cubic meter.
Smog these days has covered most of China with visibility in some regions lower than 50 meters, and its the hot topic at home and abroad.On December 8, China’s state run television network published an editorial on its web site by one of its editors, Wang Lei (王磊), entitled “The Five Unexpected Benefits That Smog Brings” (雾霾带来的五大意外收获).
Shanghai mayor Yang Xiong told a two-day forum called International Dialogue on the Chinese Dream on Saturday that Shanghai had the worst air pollution, "but it will be fine in the following days."
The Air Quality Index (AQI) topped 500 in certain areas of Shanghai on Friday.
|Wang's Article as it Originally Appeared on CCTV's Website|
- The smog makes Chinese people more united. (雾霾让中国人更团结)
- The smog makes Chinese people more equal. (雾霾让中国人更平等)
- The smog makes Chinese people more aware. (雾霾让中国人更清醒)
- The smog makes Chinese people more humorous. (雾霾让中国人更幽默)
- The smog makes Chinese people more knowledgeable. (雾霾让中国人长知识)
Recently, the smog in most regions in China has grabbed everyone’s attention. Smog not only impacts physical health and normal travel, it also has an influence on military activities: it can significantly reduce the effectiveness of surveillance equipment, and can also cause guided missiles to become inaccurate. Smog is major enemy of those who make their living off the air force. However, on the battlefield, smog can also benefit the military activities of defense forces.
近日中国大部分地区出现的雾霾引起了人们的广泛关注。雾霾不仅会影响人体健康和正常出行，同样会影响作战行动：它会令很多侦察装备的效果大打折扣，也会让一些导弹瞄不准目标，对于靠天吃饭的航空兵来说，雾霾更是大敌。不过，在战场上，雾霾也有利于防守方的军事行动。The article, originally available here - http://mil.huanqiu.com/paper/2013-12/4642262.html - was subsequently deleted, as shown in this video.