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Gareth Johnson E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
Gareth Johnson is currently the managing-director and part time guide for Young Pioneer Tours. He spends his time floating between historic Xi'an, Beijing and the picturesque Yangshuo, where his bar is located. He was born and raised in London, England, before leaving the UK 12 years ago to work in a bar in the Caribbean.

He followed this by working on cruise ships, before moving to Xi'an initially as a teacher. In 2008 he started his travel agency and has been working to build it up ever since.
Like anyone out here Gareth has bad China days, but the good days far outweigh the bad, and overall this has been a very positive experience for him, with him looking forward to getting permanent residency in 2 years.
Xi'ans Air Quality Index (AQI) E-mail
Magazine - Environment
Written by ND
An air quality index (AQI) is a number used by government agencies to communicate to the public how polluted the air is currently or how polluted it is forecast to become. As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effects. Different countries have their own air quality indices which are not all consistent. Different countries also use different names for their indices such as Air Quality Health Index, Air Pollution Index and Pollutant Standards Index. Air quality is defined as a measure of the condition of air relative to the requirements of one or more biotic species or to any human need or purpose.

To compute the AQI requires an air pollutant concentration from a monitor or model. The function used to convert from air pollutant concentration to AQI varies by pollutant, and is different in different countries. Air quality index values are divided into ranges, and each range is assigned a descriptor and a color code. Standardized public health advisories are associated with each AQI range.

Cuando China no ayuda E-mail
Magazine - Columna española
Written by Antonio Broto
Las espantosas imágenes de un doble atropello a Yueyue, una niña china de dos años en la provincia de Cantón, ante la pasiva mirada de una veintena de personas que pasaron a su lado sin hacer nada, han dado la vuelta al mundo, y algunos lectores me han pedido que comente algo sobre ellas aquí, aunque ya dijera alguna cosa ayer y hoy en el Grupo de Facebook.

Si alguno de vosotros no las ha visto, no sé si recomiendo hacerlo. No son imágenes muy sangrientas, al estar algo borrosas (fueron tomadas por cámaras de seguridad, que por cierto en Cantón son numerosísimas), pero pese a todo son horribles. Pero tan horribles como los dos atropellos (en realidad cuatro, ya que cada vehículo pisa a la niña primero con las ruedas de delante y luego con las de detrás) son la indiferencia y frialdad con que la gente pasa al lado de la niña sin socorrerla, algunos sin siquiera mirarla.

Dangerous Breathing E-mail
Magazine - Environment
Written by ND
We came across a shocking but very interesting document: It is a summary of a report released by Greenpeace China, that studies the health risks and economic loss linked to PM2.5 in four major Chinese cities (among them Xi'an), and assesses the potential public health and economic benefits given effective improvement of PM2.5 pollution control under different scenarios.

The report is called "Dangerous Breathing - PM2.5: Measuring the human health and economic impacts on China's largest cities" and it was published in December 2012. It is the first of its kind, based on currently available research findings and data in relation to PM2.5 in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an and Beijing, respectively elected as four major cities in Eastern, Southern, Western, and Northern China.

Rumore, rumore, rumore E-mail
Magazine - Columna española
Written by Antonio Broto
Ya se ha mencionado un poco en los comentarios del anterior post, pero bueno, no me parece mal dedicar el artículo de hoy a la principal consecuencia que en China ha tenido el accidente nuclear de Japón: la compra masiva de sal en muchas ciudades chinas.

Ello se debe, por lo visto, a que se ha extendido por todo el país el rumor de que la sal, al llevar yodo (principal componente de las pastillas que se usan para defender al organismo de un aumento de la radiactividad) puede ayudar a protegerte en el caso de que la radiación de Fukushima llegara a China. También hubo quien pensó que la sal marina a partir de ahora va a estar contaminada con isotopos, así que hay que comprar las últimas remesas "sanas".

Thomas Aylmer E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
Thomas Aylmer is currently an English teacher in the historic city Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. Xi'an is a city which is most well known world wide for its Terracotta Warriors, long history, well preserved city wall and numereous historic buildings, parks and places.

He was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics. Always wanting to spend time abroad, he filled this goal by accepting a job as a university English instructor in China. He spends his time as an independent learner of Mandarin Chinese. Here he describes his experiences as a foreigner in the city of Xi'an, his observations of the city and its people, and gives some advice about what to consider when planning a move to China.

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