The Madeleine Brand Show for December 7, 2011

Chinese smog has international implications

A man (C) rides a tricycle across a brid

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A man (C) rides a tricycle across a bridge covered in the haze in Beijing on Dec. 5, 2011. Beijing authorities cancelled hundreds of flights and shut highways as thick smog descended on the Chinese capital on Dec. 4 and 5, reducing visibility at one of the world's busiest airports.

China's smog levels are so bad flights have been canceled. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing found that the index of fine particulate matter had reached 522 micrograms per cubic meter. That's much higher than it should be; a reading between 300 and 500 is considered hazardous. Andrew Jacobs, Beijing bureau chief for The New York Times, joins the show to discuss.

Guests

Andrew Jacobs, Beijing bureau chief for The New York Times


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