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Haze Over Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal

22.5N 90.7E

January 23rd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds

Bangladesh – January 17th, 2013

Haze continues to hover over northern India and Bangladesh, blowing across the mouths of the Ganges River and over the Bay of Bengal. Such haze is common in winter, as temperature inversion keeps smoke from agricultural fires and urban and industrial pollutants near the ground, rather than rising higher into the atmosphere and dispersing.

Air quality has emerged as a significant problem for India and Bangladesh in the past decade. Studies have shown that between 2002 and 2010, levels of air pollution in large Indian cities increased faster than rapidly-growing Chinese cities, with many Indian cities recording double-digit increases in pollution.

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