Reuters reports that a South Chinese environmental monitoring station has a–ahem–nosy new method for assessing air quality:
“A team of 11 ‘professional noses”‘at a monitoring station in Panyu, an industrial town in the Pearl River delta in Gaungdong province, had been trained by air pollution experts, Wednesday’s China Daily quoted a senior official at the station as saying.
‘Now we can differentiate between hundreds of smells that may make people ill, before making an assessment on their density,’ vice-director Liu Jingcai said.
‘The work is quite unpleasant. We have to stay in a lab smelling those awful gases repeatedly,’ he added.”
…but um, I feel like we’re in an age that allows for more scientific methods. Not to judge.
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