Air Pollution

Air pollution is the #1 topic on this website. Here is the entire collection of articles on this always-hot topic.

Mask Testing: Doing It The Right Way

(UPDATE April 2014: please read my new review of three mask tests.) As a family doctor, I strive to keep my patients and my community healthy by sharing informed, evidence-based advice — in clinic and via my writing. Wellness and [...]

Disposable Pollution Masks: Real Test Results!

Disposable Pollution Masks: Real Test Results!

The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission (上海市消费者权益保护委员会) has hit another home run! Last year,  they published a fantastic report of their independent testing of two dozen air purifiers, which I translated and blogged here. Now they have turned their focus on [...]

Do Pollution Masks Really Work?

Do Pollution Masks Really Work?

Do pollution masks actually help to protect you? This winter has already seen harsh pollution spikes first in Harbin, and recently in Shanghai and eastern China. By coincidence I had been taking the train from Shanghai to Beijing during one [...]

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

I’ve discussed many wellness topics on this health blog, but the major interest, by far, is pollution. Everyone in China is very concerned about the safety of the air they breathe and the food and drinks they put into their [...]

N95 Pollution Masks: A Buyer's Guide

N95 Pollution Masks: A Buyer’s Guide

Update April 2014: I recently published a review of three independent comparison tests of masks. I’m a big fan of using air pollution masks when the AQI is over 200 (read my articles here, here and here), and the Chinese market has [...]

Pollution Masks For Children: A Review

Pollution Masks For Children: A Review

My adorable son is now four months old, still a tiny bundle of joy. I look forward to us venturing outside for summer fun, but what if the pollution is bad that day? I desperately hope we don’t have another January-ish “airpocalypse” [...]

Pollution Mask Review: I Can Breathe!

Pollution Mask Review: I Can Breathe!

What’s the best air pollution mask for China? Here’s yet another question I am constantly asked. My previous articles have discussed the pros and cons of models such as 3M, Totobobo and Vogmask. But there are quite a few other brands [...]

Did The Airpocalypse Make You Want To Leave China?

Did The Airpocalypse Make You Want To Leave China?

I must confess that I think airpocalypse is a wonderfully apt and evocative new word. It’s right up there in the expat zeitgeist along with crazy bad and gutter oil as definitive additions to our lexicon. Airpocalypse perfectly encapsulates those miserable, gray [...]

Who Knew Air Pollution Could Be So Much Fun?

Who Knew Air Pollution Could Be So Much Fun?

Being a foreigner in China allows a certain amount of leeway to act a bit unusually in public and get away with it. One of my favorite eccentric activities has involved cruising around Beijing’s streets, suburbs and mountains to check out the [...]

My Favorite Pollution Website: AQICN.ORG

My Favorite Pollution Website: AQICN.ORG

Over these last few years, air pollution monitoring in China has progressed through a few generations. First was the website iphone.bjair.info, which made reading the US Embassy’s AQI Twitter feed much more user-friendly (and unblocked). Then came the slew of [...]

Air Pollution Panel Discussion March 21

Air pollution continues to dominate my Beijing community’s conversations since January’s “airpocalypse”, and I continue to receive many requests for community talks and education.  I think one of the better forums is a March 21st panel discussion sponsored by the [...]

Air Pollution 101: Here's Your Syllabus

Air Pollution 101: Here’s Your Syllabus

Due to the incredible media exposure this week to our emergency pollution, I’ve been inundated with questions from both patients and international media about pollution. There’s still quite a lot of misinformation about pollution, so here are what I consider to be [...]

Would Your Home Pass An Environmental Test?

Would Your Home Pass An Environmental Test?

As my long term readers know, I’m slightly obsessed with our air pollution issues, and my therapy is to blog about it. (After these last couple days of “beyond index” pollution, I need this outlet more than ever!) I also love [...]