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January 10, 2014

"Five Surprising Benefits From China's Haze."

Public square in Beijing

The report described five good things about the air pollution. In summary:
It's a unifier. Complaining about the smog has brought Chinese citizens together. It's egalitarian. Everyone, rich and poor alike, has to breathe the same filthy air. "With the whole world playing up the Chinese miracle, the pollution reminds us that China's status as 'the world's factory' is not without a price." It's generated some humor, making people laugh. It's made citizens more knowledgeable about meteorology, geography, physics, chemistry, and history. It's even improved their English, adding words like "haze" and "smog" to their vocabularies. Radio Derb Transcript

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 10, 2014 10:18 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I wonder what percentage of Chinese land area is afflicted with smog. My guess would be it's confined to the environs of a few big cities, where, like the U.S., all the media and ̶t̶r̶o̶u̶b̶l̶e̶-̶m̶a̶k̶e̶r̶s̶ community organizers are concentrated; hence all the noise.

Posted by: BillH at January 11, 2014 8:07 AM

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