Opinion

Back to work in the 'new normal' of climate disaster

By Fiona Jenkins
January 12 2020 - 1:00pm

Last weekend Canberra had the worst air quality of any city in the world. An app, newly downloaded to my phone, told me the Air Quality Index was "Beyond Index". At 587, it was already off the scale (while writing this piece I spied it at 727 and rising). New York, at 58, was deemed "moderate". Beijing at 147 was "unhealthy for sensitive groups", while New Delhi, 252, was "very unhealthy". The "new normal", as we are being forced to think it, is hazardous beyond the reasonable measure of the worst car-clogged, coal-hazed mega-cities.

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