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Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo

Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo
Bill Bishop/Sinocism

On the left, a photo that Sinocism’s Bill Bishop snapped today in Beijing. On the right, the exact same vantage on a clearer day, revealing that the smog in Beijing right now is dense enough to obscure a thousand-foot-tall skyscraper.

The air quality index maintained by the US embassy in Beijing was off the charts today, Feb. 28. State-run media called it a “sand storm,” but high levels of pollutants in the air pointed to smog, instead.

This post originally appeared on Quartz, an Atlantic partner site.

Zach is senior editor of Quartz, where he focuses on new forms of storytelling and leads a group of journalists with backgrounds in data wrangling, programming, and interaction design. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the editor of outreach and social media. Before that, he helped launch Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab, covering the media industry. He also currently teaches digital journalism at NYU. All posts »

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