Smog in China
Buildings are shrouded in smog in China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.
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Industrial side effect:
Vehicles move in heavy smog on the 3rd Ring Road in Beijing, China. According to Beijing environment monitoring data, the air quality of central area and southern parts of Beijing is heavily polluted.
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WE ARE THE APOCALYPSE
A man rows his boat through a heavily polluted part of Chaohu Lake, the fifth largest freshwater lake in China, in Anhui Province
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The Pollution Dictatorship
Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei poses with a gas mask in protest of the bad air quality in Beijing, in this photo taken on January 13, 2013. (Reuters/Courtesy of Ai Weiwei)
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A global view of the Earth at night, compiled from more than 400 satellite images. Researchers have suggested that heat generated by large cities can alter the climate thousands of miles away. The ‘waste heat’ from buildings, factories and road vehicles disrupts atmospheric systems that affect the weather over great distances, it is claimed. Picture: Nasa/Noaa/PA