Linfen Mayor Apologizes For Poisonous Gas Enveloping City
The killer pollution bears an uncanny resemblance to the tragic "Great Smog of London"
Sulphur dioxide readings in Linfen, Shanxi have been off the charts recently with levels hitting 1303mcg last week, prompting the city's deputy mayor to apologize to the people. Apparently he had Taco Bell for lunch (sorry).
City environmental officials claim the poor air quality is due to households burning coal for heating along with regional smog and weather conditions. However various organizations have expressed doubt at these claims, stating that sulphur dioxide levels had been high even at times when people were not using heating. Previous investigations have only focused on the particle pollution such as PM2.5 and PM10 rather than gas pollutants.
Sulphur dioxide is particularly dangerous when combined with other pollutants such as the aforementioned PM2.5 particles (high levels of both pollutants together caused thousands of deaths in the 50s and 60s) which are in high concentration in the region. WHO advised people not to expose themselves to sulphur dioxide of 500mcg for longer than 10 minutes as exposure to levels of over 1000mcg for just five minutes could be dangerous.
One resident said, “I work in Linfen and always feel that the smog problem in the city is much worse than that in Beijing. But the local government and the public have almost been blind to that." The government has already told Linfen to "clean up it's act" in response to the potentially killer pollution. We say whoever deduced it, produced it....(last one).