Last week, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection attempted to squash once and for all the viral rumor, dating back to 2013, that the smog in North China is caused by radiation — just in time for today’s new smog event.
According to nuclear security experts, no direct relation to radiation has been found, the smog merely being the result of pollutants from gas and diesel vehicles, industrial plants, climate and geographical conditions, bbqs, etc.
First invented by someone online claiming to be a doctor, the radiation theory postulated that the burning of high-uranium coal resulted in radioactive PM2.5 pollutants. The author thus demanded that the government cease mining activities in Inner Mongolia. However, the ministry has responded that Uranium-238 levels in coal meets the national average, while atmospheric radiation has been stable at 167 for the last decade.
“Unscientific” was the word used to describe the viral theory.
Meanwhile, after the relatively clear(…er) air of last week, smog has descended yet again over the middle and southern parts of the Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin trifecta, with provinces Shandong, Shaanzi, and Henan also affected. A cold front come Thursday is expected to put an end to the haze.
Citizens can now plan their days with the ministry’s new smog forecasting platform, which offers two-day air quality forecasts thanks to the national environmental monitoring center.
By Pinky Latt