Sports is all about numbers and “scoreboard,” and the sport I’m following most closely this weekend are those Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers from Beijing. Like most scoreboards, the cause/meaning of the number is always somewhat complicated, but it might not be oversimplifying to say that China has a big problem. We’ve all seen the face masks, but never has the problem become so viral.
Well, except in China, where Internet viruses are inundated with intense web-antibiotics. Interestingly, the big NYT story with recent, amazing, scores is not offering reader comments. Hmmm….
One is immediately reminded of London’s 1952 “Killer Fog.” One also hopes that Beijing/Chinese/Worldwide policy makers don’t require the same massive loss of life to make massive necessary changes in China.
The BBC has a few photos up (and many of the linked “Beijing” tweets feature instagrams and such. And another thing, as I write, Phoenix is at a AQI of 116. This internet is good for more than just videos from Korean dancer dudes.