This initiative started in 2013 as a complaint about a bad air day in the city and has grown into a media phenomenon. In September 2015 South China Morning Post reported that Zou Yi took it even a step further by starting a project with top Chinese scientists.
On January 8, China People’s Daily published a new collage of 366 images taken by Zou Yi in 2016.
Collage of 366 images taken by Beijing citizen from his window in 2016 pic.twitter.com/41yBTrQRER— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) 9 января 2017 г.
Heavy smog encroached the Chinese capital and its surroundings in the first days of the new year. On January 4, the highest warning, an environmental red alert, was raised in in parts of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as well as in the provinces of Henan, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu, state news agency Xinhua reported.
This 10-second time-lapse footage shot by Chas Pope, a British expat in China, captures a thick yellow plume of smog creeping into and covering Beijing’s downtown in a haze.
On Sunday, a cold front dispersed the smog which had been hovering over the city, and people with children who had been cloistered indoors for the week went to parks and out on the streets for the first time since the beginning of the year, Xinhua News reported.
Currently Beijing’s AQI (air quality index) is 102, marked as “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
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