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  • #9257
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster

    From this morning:

    chengdu-pm25.jpg

    #21347
    James W.
    Member

    Holy mother of god. That is not good. Hold your breath, man.

    #21348
    benjaminlee
    Participant

    I just checked mine and it said 126 or something. I checked the history of the past 48 hours and it said it didnt go that high. Must’ve been an error or something….hopefully.

    #21349
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    You can see how bad it is today. This really doesn’t seem to register with many here. Even when I’m keeping my apartment spotless I’m seeing a fine black film build up on surfaces very quickly.

    Also been noticing some evil chemical vapours kicking off in the Line 2 subway corridors every time I’ve been through. God only knows what that is!

    Oh China!

    #21350
    Dries
    Participant

    Which app is this???

    #21351
    James W.
    Member

    It’s called China Air Quality, and it’s awesome. I don’t know if they have an android app, but the iPhone one is great.

    #21352
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster
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    I just checked mine and it said 126 or something. I checked the history of the past 48 hours and it said it didnt go that high. Must’ve been an error or something….hopefully.

    Unfortunately it doesn’t look like an error. There are two figures for measuring pollution in China: those supplied by the Chinese government and those supplied by the US government. According to the Chinese figures, today is “Slightly polluted” and comes with a rating of over 100. The official US Consulate Chengdu twitter feed shows really high values.

    It looks like Chengdu has the highest pollution in China, for today at least. Check this out:

    chengdu-cities.jpg

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    Which app is this???

    Here’s a link to the app, it’s free and really good: China Air Pollution Index

    #21353
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Downloading this now so I can get a daily count on the parts per billion gunk I’m sucking in with each breath.

    #21354
    VincentVincent
    Participant

    Why did I quit smoking again?

    #21357
    Steven
    Participant

    What happened? This figure is only supposed to appear in sci fi movies.

    But it’s ok actually, since it’s already 2012, I guess the figure of other cities on the earth will soon become as high as this, too. So, whatever

    #21374
    Eric
    Participant

    Today is hazardous according to the consulate’s twitter.

    #21388
    yesmaybe
    Participant

    agh, I don’t want to see that.

    Half the reason I am moving from Beijing is because the pollution there is terrible and I want my son to grow up breathing something cleaner. I can’t believe Chengdu can be like Beijing, it’s such a nicer environment here, not trapped in a depression like Beijing with no wind. Every time I’ve been to Chengdu before the weather has been super clean and the streets (traffic) super smooth (comparatively). Have I chosen it 5 years too late to make the switch?

    Maybe I better just stay in this remote mountain village half way to Lhasa.

    #21390
    Chris ZiichChris Ziich
    Moderator

    I did some heavy pedaling around the city the other morning and was coughing up my lungs throughout the afternoon, with plenty of nasty phlegm. Gonna start wearing a mask now.

    #21393
    Steeevyo
    Member

    320?

    Not impressed.

    In Beijing it went way beyond 500 occasionaly.

    After three years of training my lungs should be well adjusted to this ‘minor’ pollution. 😉

    #21394
    Sandi
    Participant

    Oh gawd, I really wish I hadn’t read this thread 🙁

    #21395
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster
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    Half the reason I am moving from Beijing is because the pollution there is terrible and I want my son to grow up breathing something cleaner. I can’t believe Chengdu can be like Beijing, it’s such a nicer environment here, not trapped in a depression like Beijing with no wind.

    I think today is an anomaly, although I’m not sure what it is that’s special about today in particular. I check the pollution levels almost everyday and this is by far the highest I’ve seen it. By a factor of almost two, actually.

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    320? Not impressed. In Beijing it went way beyond 500 occasionaly.

    Hahahah

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    Gonna start wearing a mask now.

    What kind of mask are you going to get? I assume you’re not talking about the simple cloth type.

    #21396
    Brave ChengduBrave Chengdu
    Participant

    There’s an android app (and widget) at:

    http://goo.gl/055vn

    Though I don’t think it’s the same developers, I don’t think any of the data is from the US consulate. It does seem to have 8 other data sets for Chengdu.

    android-pollution.jpg

    Does anyone know of an Android App that takes it’s data from the US Consulate?

    #21399
    7
    Participant

    A quick search on the play store turned up this one which says it uses the Consulate date.

    I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t vouch for it. But, I’ll give it a shot when I get home.

    #21401
    Brave ChengduBrave Chengdu
    Participant
    Quote:
    A quick search on the play store turned up this one which says it uses the Consulate date.

    I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t vouch for it. But, I’ll give it a shot when I get home.

    Thanks, seems to work a treat. I’m going to have it side by side with the other one. See if there’s a big difference.

    #21407
    VincentVincent
    Participant

    I prefer pretending nothing is going on and wander through life not thinking about it.

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