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Air Pollution in Northeastern China – January 20th, 2013

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January 20th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds, Image of the day

China – January 10th, 2013

A dense haze would hit many provinces in China, including Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hubei and Sichuan, reducing visibility to less than 1,000 meters. In some areas, a blanket of snow can be seen through the haze.

The haze is likely caused by a combination of fog, smoke and pollutants. China’s economy has skyrocketed, but at a price. Power plants, factories and heavy industries are all belching out black, dirty air, at the cost of our health and our environment.¬†Millions of people in China and Hong Kong are breathing a hazardous cocktail of chemicals every day. These chemicals are caused by coal-fired power plants, factories and vehicles, and are responsible for heart disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses, birth defects and cancer.¬†According to the World Health Organization, in China more than 650,000 people die each year from diseases related to air pollution.

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