China’s Elite Uses Air Purification Systems And Giant Domes To Retreat From Toxic Urban Air

giant domesIs life in some of our planet’s main cities beginning to resemble life on the moon? The New York Times reports:

Levels of deadly pollutants up to 40 times the recommended exposure limit in Beijing and other cities have struck fear into parents and led them to take steps that are radically altering the nature of urban life for their children.

Parents are confining sons and daughters to their homes, even if it means keeping them away from friends. Schools are canceling outdoor activities and field trips. Parents with means are choosing schools based on air-filtration systems, and some international schools have built gigantic, futuristic-looking domes over sports fields to ensure healthy breathing.

Face masks are now part of the urban dress code. Parents have scrambled to buy air purifiers. IQAir, a Swiss company, makes purifiers that cost up to $3,000 here and are displayed in shiny showrooms.

9 Comments on "China’s Elite Uses Air Purification Systems And Giant Domes To Retreat From Toxic Urban Air"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm |

    The age of the elite arcology has begun! When do they begin deploying the drones and mercenaries against the hoi polloi?

    • probably when they realize
      for how many years we’ve realized
      and kept track of their crimes

      mercenaries already deployed btw :/
      ‘civilian’ just means it’s like matrix agents
      ‘military’ means, well, your guess is better than mine

    • ishmael2009 | May 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm |

      “hoi” is Greek for “the” so “the hoi polloi” is a tautology. Do catch up.

      • Anarchy Pony | May 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm |

        When used in English, it is always used in its entirety as “the hoi polloi”. Now take your petty semantic dig and go bother someone else.

      • Jin The Ninja | May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm |

        i didn’t know when using borrowed words in english, we suddenly ignore all grammatical convention.

  2. next up

    the how to be rich without any money people
    those people never leave
    and never truly die

  3. makes me think of civilizations when you make utopia and head to space

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

    the article makes the response seem more dire than it really is
    my experience is that most Beijingers are not overly concerned about the air pollution
    I hardly see anyone wearing masks
    the kids staying indoors has more to do with public safety & unsanitary conditions
    and recently
    the air quality has gone from extra chunky to lightly flecked with pollutants

    only 45 more days to clean air for me, yippe

  5. BuzzCoastin | May 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm |

    Oh & BTW:
    Everyone in China has known about the special air systems for the elites for years.

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