Japan looks west, holds its breath as mainland pollution heads its way
South China Morning Post -- Feb 01

The choking pollution that has shrouded large parts of the mainland is moving east to Japan, threatening to push levels of health-threatening PM2.5 particles there beyond World Health Organisation health standards.

Japanese computer simulations show the fine air particulates could reach 40 micrograms per cubic metre today or tomorrow and cause smog in parts of western Japan such as Nagasaki.

Dr Toshimasa Ohara, head of the National Institute of Environmental Studies' Centre for Regional Environmental Research, conceded this figure was very low by Chinese standards, as cities such as Beijing often measure PM2.5 levels in the hundreds. But 40 was twice the level generally seen in Japanese cities this time of year and higher than the 25 micrograms level set by the WHO.

「過去最悪」と言われている中国の大気汚染。汚染物質の動きを予測した図では、あと1時間後には西日本全体を覆うように広がります。そしてこの後も、渦を巻きながら日本に­向かってくる見通しです。この汚染物質、ここ数日、実際に西日本で観測され、環境基準を上回っているところも出ています。ビデオでご覧下さい。


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