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Haze Over Eastern China

39.0N 116.4E

June 12th, 2013 Category: Clouds MODISAqua

China – June 12th, 2013

Here, haze can be seen over the eastern part of China, near the Bohai Sea. China is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide (pumping out some 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide in 2011), and has vowed to reduce such emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 40 to 45 percent of the country’s 2005 levels by 2020.

However, scientists have suggested that current efforts to cut harmful greenhouse gases fall short because of the way they set targets for the highest polluting areas. China’s lesser-developed heartland is actually responsible for 80 percent of carbon dioxide emissions related to goods consumed along the wealthier coast.

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