As if to underline the relevance of a crucial climate change summit that just got underway in Paris, surreal photos out of Beijing show the Chinese city in a dusklike state of near-darkness due to smog. Here's one posted by the editor of the New York Times' website in China:
high noon in beijing. apocalpyse now. pic.twitter.com/GexEx5Sw3J— Ching-Ching Ni (@ccni) December 1, 2015
And another from a Wall Street Journal reporter:
Pedestrians wore masks to protect themselves. (This photo was actually taken at night.)
Per the BBC, "a reading at the US embassy in Beijing on Tuesday put levels of harmful microscopic particles at 634 micrograms per cubic metre, compared with the World Health Organisation's maximum recommended limit of 25 micrograms per cubic metre."