Tweets about bad air

To hear the Chinese government tell it the air quality in major Chinese cities is improving. And they publish the numbers to prove it.

Problem is, people don’t believe the numbers. The people living in Beijing and Guangzhou just don’t see much improvement in the air pollution situation.

A while back the U.S. Embassy in Beijing installed its own air quality tester and is Tweeting the results at BeijingAir.

The U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou has now done the same at Guangzhou_Air.

Thanks to my bud in Hong Kong Tom Crampton for writing about this.

And I second his motion:

It would be great if the US government set up a similar Twitter feed in Hong Kong and then created a “Compare the Air” app which allowed people to see which city suffered the worst air pollution on a given day.

And by the way, this is a great cheap service (and tweak of the Chinese censor’s nose) being provided by the U.S. government through the State Department. The same State Department that too many people want to cut back to near nothing.



Filed under Censorship, China, International News Coverage

2 responses to “Tweets about bad air

  1. Sadly, air pollution is the one thing that would force me to leave Hong Kong! Wish the Hk government would address it. By the way, happy handover to China anniversary (Friday).

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