Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

PM2.5

Liuzhou’s Environmental Protection Agency (bet you didn’t know they had one of those) has proudly announced that Liuzhou is the first city in Guangxi to publicly release PM2.5 monitoring data.

Now you  may be wondering what the hell PM2.5 is. It appears, so far, to be unconnected to PMT, but I’m sure further investigation will come up with a link.

No. PM2.5 refers to “fine particulate matter” or very little bits of shit in the air we breath. In other words, pollution. Some of this is naturally produced; most isn’t. Loads of information here. It largely comes from “motor vehicles, power plants, wood burning, etc.” and is particularly harmful to children and the elderly.

So they are basically telling us how clean or dirty the air is, not that we can do anything much about it. “It’s a bit full of PM2.5 today. What shall I do? Stop breathing till it clears up?”

That said, I can say that Liuzhou’s air is a whole lot better than it was 10 years ago. But still a way to go.

Anyway, they promise to post this information on their website which their publicity material  conveniently doesn’t provide a link for. (Mr Google tells me that it’s http://www.lzepb.gov.cn/cm/pm2.aspx All in Chinese of course.)

They do however, provide a map showing the position of the monitoring stations. The English is my translation.

The figures on the website are given in order from left to right San Zhong Lu Environmental Monitoring Station 环保监测站, Hexi Water Works 河西水厂, No 4 Middle School 市四中,  No 9 Middle School 市九中, Guting Hill 古亭山, Liuzhou East Primary School 柳东小学. To cut a long story short, we want to keep these figures under 75.

I am distressed to find I am in the highest polluted area covered by their monitoring stations. However, they happily forgot to monitor the area around the steel factory, which lies a bit further north of their map. You can’t even see through the pollution there.

. This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 9:41 pm and is filed under Liuzhou News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to “PM2.5”

  1. Matt Says:

    This reply is a little late coming but for those don’t know what these numbers mean beyond “the higher the worse it is” (like me). Wikipedia has several scales that indicate what various pm 2.5 levels mean. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_quality_index



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