On February 28, 2015, a TED-style talk on China’s pollution crisis got 100 million views on major Chinese video streaming sites like Tencent, Youku, and People’s Daily Online within 48 hours of its release. Chai Jing, a former investigative reporter with the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV), wove a narrative that was both emotional and rational. She used statistics, interviews and personal stories including that of a six-year-old girl from the coal mining province of Shanxi who had never seen stars or white clouds in her life. China News Service reported at the time that after Chai’s 103-minute long, self-financed Under the Dome released, the then-newly appointed minister for environment protection, Chen Jining, said he thanked her for focusing attention on environmental problems. Two Decembers before Chai’s documentary, Beijing had experienced yet another “Airpocalypse” with air pollution going literally off the charts. This was almost exactly what Delhi is currently experiencing: a thick smog, a soundtrack of dry hacking coughs and frequent visits to the doctor. While, for China, 2013 wasn’t exceptional in the way that the smog arrested visibility, or closed airport...