Deadly Smog Overwhelms City in Northern China

posted by admin @ 16:32 PM
October 21, 2013

Smog-ChinaLife-stealing smog fell on Harbin, capital of  Heilongjiang Province in Northing China, today shutting down all normal activity, including schools, highways, air traffic, in several lesser cities around Harbin.  Scientists estimate that such unyielding fog in China kills some half million people a year.

Apparently, the blinding smog was ignited by heating supply companies starting to burn coal preparing for winter.  Resulting ‘smog-soot’ air cuts visibility down to about 500 yards. In some areas it is less than 250 yards, according to BBC News reports. Some citizens tell reporters they cannot see even 10 yards away.

BBC also says that the density of airborne particles floating above China is “several times above World Health Organization (WHO) recommended limits.”  “PM2.5 levels, used to measure the amount of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in the air, were above 500 micrograms per cubic meter on Monday morning,” the state-run news agency Xinhua told the BBC.

In ‘China Smog Emergency Shuts City of 11 Million People,’ Reuters adds that the particulate matter over some parts of Harbin reached 1,000, while for WHO the acceptable level is 300.

English.news.cn quotes Sun Qi who lives in Changchun, capital of a nearby province:  “The building 50 meters away cannot be seen clearly. I smelt irritative coal smoke when I opened the window of my house.”

The same type of smothering smog in the national capital, Beijing, earlier this month.  China is supposedly building a nation-wide network to deal with persistent fog in big cities, according to an official who spoke with Xinhua Press.

Voice of America writes in ‘Air Pollution in Northern China Blamed for Drop in Life Span:’ “The Ministry of Environment said last month that only 27 out of 113 major cities met government air quality standards in 2012. And a World Bank report in 2007 assessed that between 350,000 and 400,000 people die prematurely in China each year because of air pollution.”

Such smog reports particularly trouble Chinese government as: “Domestic media have run stories describing the china-record-smog-levels-shut-down-citexpensive air purifiers government officials enjoy in their homes and offices, alongside reports of special organic farms so cadres need not risk suffering from recurring food safety scandals.”

Thus, as Reuters relates, China’s “stability-obsessed leadership” is very worried because of “popular resentment over political privilege and rising inequality in the world’s second-largest economy.”

So they are worried about an uprising because their citizens don’t want to be chocked to death by smog?  But they don’t care enough about a half million deaths a year to stop burning coal? Do they gamble on that time when enough is enough?

Such shameful government neglect bring God’s judgment upon the nations.  As Bible prophecies promise in 2 Samuel 23: 3:  “ . . . He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”

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