Beijing’s Advice to Residents for Fighting Toxic Air? Cook Less.

I don’t think Beijing’s pollution problem has anything to do with cooking. Rather I think it has more to do with their dirty industrial plants and factories. I mean they’re obviously a higher polluter than anyone who cooks. And I can’t believe that anyone would need a facial there either.


Beijing’s air is notoriously foul, with pollution indices spiking again earlier this week and causing mass flight delays as smog destroyed visibility. The main causes of the pollution were thought to be clear: factory emissions from nearby provinces; the record number of cars on clogged roads; and coal consumption that includes heating the Chinese capital. Now, add another ingredient to the toxic pollution recipe: cooking.

In a press conference, a Beijing official blamed excessive use of cooking fuel for the capital’s pollution, which is high in the lung-choking tiny particulates that measure 2.5 micrometers or less. “The traditional Chinese style of cooking contributes quite a portion of the PM 2.5 index,” said Zhao Huimin, head of the foreign affairs office of Beijing’s municipal government, while speaking about preparations for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum that will take place next year in the Chinese capital. “I hope Beijing residents…

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