Air Pollution in Northeastern China – January 20th, 201339.9N 116.4E
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.