Weekly Continuity and Change in Air Quality in China (9 Sept 2014- 5 November 2014)
The slideshow shows the weekly continuity of change in particulate matter levels between 9th Septemper 2014 and 5th November 2014. The region displayed is that of East Asia, with a focus on China and other surrounding countries. From the slideshow we can depict that China has consistently high particulate matter levels, far higher than neighbouring countries such as Japan and Vietnam. According to the slideshow, the particulate levels in Eastern China is frequently above readings of 150 - indicating an unhealthy status. As shown by slide 7, showing Wednesday 22nd of October, a large portion of the nation was considered 'Very Unhealthy' or 'Hazardous', with readings of up to 553 particles per cubic metre. The slideshow juxtaposes China's poor air quality with the far better conditions in Japan - where readings rarely reach over 150. The slideshow shows that some weeks are better than others in terms of air pollution levels - the first week has much lighter levels of air pollution than the 8th week in China .
1. World Air Quality Info. (2014). Air Pollution in China: Real-Time Air Quality Index Visual Map. Available: http://aqicn.org/. Last accessed 5th Nov 2014.