Hepa-type filtration mask purchased in Beijing, China, 2013
Item DescriptionHepa-type filtration mask purchased in Beijing, China, Summer 2013
Courtesy of Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
In January 2013, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau released a study on air pollutants in the capital city, showing a near 30% rise in nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter over the previous 12-month period. The dramatic, tangible nature of the pollution led to an intense public outcry and negative global media attention. In response, the city government announced a plan to lower coal and fuel emissions and begin reporting daily pollution figures online.