It’s a very windy morning here in Northern Ireland; with the lower temperatures, many would call it ‘fresh.’ However, it wasn’t always this way. Some days when the weather is cold and many people have their fireplaces burning wood, coal, or peat, the air can become thick with smoke and we can have a small inkling of what life was back 100 years ago before our current system of home heating (mainly oil fired furnace or natural gas). It gives us a real appreciation for the air we breath. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone; Beijing pollution levels are certainly concerning for those who live or visit the city.
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Beijing Pollution is my favourite from last month
After going through the fine posts linked up in December, this post on How To Protect Yourself Against Beijing Pollution by Bringing Up The Parks is the one that made me catch my breath. In March of 2003 I visited Beijing for 4 days. One day was clear, one day I was out of the city hiking the Great Wall, one day had a little smog, but my final day was awful; my lungs, throat, and eyes burned with the smog. I could hardly see across the street. I was glad that was my last day so that it hadn’t jaded my whole trip, I already knew the beauty of the area and felt for the residents.
Jackie is bringing up her family in Beijing and in this post tells us how she tries to protect her children from the pollution on the worst days; how to choose a face mask, and much more.