The air pollution in Beijing is literally off the charts.
A measurement of the air quality in China's capital rated a 728 on the Air Quality Index, which is supposed to span from 0 to 500, with anything over 200 being considered dangerous to human health.
It's just one sign of the massive pollution problem that China faces. While the government has committed to lofty clean-energy goals, the reality is quite different: Green energy use isn't growing as quickly as traditional non-renewable energy use. And China just discovered what might be the world's largest reserve of shale gas under its soil.
See the story at The Nation.