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December 02, 2015, 05:53:28 AM
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Here's What  That Choking Blanket of Smog Over China Looks Like From Space

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Filed to: FUTURE EARTH12/01/15 5:45pm

A thick and dangerous blanket of smog is currently enveloping Beijing and parts of Eastern China, forcing authorities to issue an “orange” alert—the second highest level of a four-tiered pollution scale. Here’s what it looks like from space.

The timing couldn’t be worse for China, as the COP21 Climate Change conference starts this week. The pollution, the most severe of the year, is forcing people to stay indoors, put a halt to construction, and shut down factories.

Here’s what the NASA Earth Observatory has to say about the satellite photo:

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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this natural-color image of northeastern China on November 30, 2015. The image shows extensive haze, low clouds, and fog over the region. The brightest areas are clouds or fog, which have tinges of gray or yellow because of the air pollution. Other cloud-free areas have a pall of gray haze that mostly blots out the cities below. In areas where the ground is visible, some of the landscape is covered with snow. The haze extended southwest from Beijing for hundreds of kilometers and was particularly dense in low-lying areas in the Guanzhong Plain.

NASA says that many of the particles in the haze are sulfate aerosols, which are produced by burning coal. What’s more, coal fires, in addition to releasing CO2, emit sulfur dioxide, which intermingles with water vapor in the atmosphere. Together, this creates small droplets and crystals of sulfuric acid, along with other sulfates.

Given that China uses coal to supply two-thirds of its energy, this smog should hardly come as a surprise.

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December 02, 2015, 05:58:46 AM
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Haze Shrouds Eastern China

December 1, 2015

As world leaders converged on Paris for a United Nations conference on climate change, residents of Beijing and other cities in eastern China faced the most severe air pollution the nation has seen in 2015. Chinese authorities issued an “orange” air pollution alert, the second highest level on a four-tiered warning scale. They advised millions of people to stay indoors, halted construction at some sites, and ordered factories to close, according to news reports.........

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87071&eocn=home&eoci=iotd_image

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December 02, 2015, 06:38:42 AM
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Seeing those images doesn't do this justice. It actually burns your eyes it is so bad. Spend any time in China in industry and you realize they have no real care about pollution. The political correct commentary of Xi is simply wallpaper.

China still tries to hide under the vale of 'emerging nation' while enjoying the riches of being the second richest nation in the world. It's a complete joke the insincerity of the Chinese to global humanity. Hell they don't even send assistance to Africa, a continent they are raping of natural resources.
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December 02, 2015, 06:49:05 AM
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Seeing those images doesn't do this justice. It actually burns your eyes it is so bad. Spend any time in China in industry and you realize they have no real care about pollution. The political correct commentary of Xi is simply wallpaper.

China still tries to hide under the vale of 'emerging nation' while enjoying the riches of being the second richest nation in the world. It's a complete joke the insincerity of the Chinese to global humanity. Hell they don't even send assistance to Africa, a continent they are raping of natural resources.

Yeah, watch those luminaries at the Paris conference avoid this issue. Maybe all this climate change scare mongering is mostly a diversion away from massive industrial pollution. I mean; they´re trying to paint CO2 as "pollution" which is strange since plants thrive on it and plants are the basis of all life on this planet.

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December 02, 2015, 06:58:39 AM
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Chinese artist creates a brick from Beijing's smog that he vacuumed

A Chinese artist just spent 100 days walking the streets of Beijing with a vacuum cleaner, and has made a brick from the city's polluted air.

The artist, who calls himself Nut Brother (坚果兄弟), walked the city's streets for about four hours each day, pushing a large, 1,000-watt industrial vacuum cleaner while holding its nozzle in the air.

And he's made a brick from the dust and smog collected — a symbol of the city's infamous pollution that has made face masks a common sight on its streets. On Monday, the brick was created at a brick factory, that mixed the vacuumed dust with clay.

Nut Brother told Mashable he was often mistaken for an air quality surveyor or cleaner by passers-by, who thought that it was "cool" for the city to have employed people to monitor and clean the air.

He said he hasn't gone for any health checks after his 100-day jaunt, but said his body feels okay, if a little "numb", but didn't elaborate on where he felt numb.

Several commenters on Nut Brother's Weibo account criticized him for mixing the dirt with clay, saying that it exaggerates the amount of dirt collected. But his work is getting noticed across various local media outlets, which are lauding the message behind his project.

Of his project, he said (translated from Chinese): "The day we exhaust all of the Earth's resources, we will ourselves turn into dust."

Nut Brother's project is especially timely, given that Beijing on Monday upgraded its air pollution warning alert to "orange" — the highest reading in 13 months. Beijing has suffered from air pollution for years, in large part due to massive coal burning in industrial cities up North. An estimated 4,000 people die each day due to air pollution, say physicists.

The artist was a former copywriter in Shenzhen till he decided to give it up and move to Beijing in 2008.

Prior to this brick project, he bought a (presumably deceased) dog from Yulin — the city which holds an annual festival where dogs are slaughtered and sold as meat — and cremated it. He filled 1,000 blue balloons with the ashes and floated them up in the sky. When the balloons burst after floating too high in the sky, they scattered the ash, a symbol of sending the dog up to "heaven," according to the artist.








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December 02, 2015, 07:12:24 AM
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This is almost comical...

A visitor tries to see the city of Beijing through binoculars on a viewing deck on the China Central Radio and Television (CCTV) Tower in Beijing on Dec. 1. Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters



The China Central Television (CCTV) building in Beijing on Dec. 1 Damir Sagolj / Reuters


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December 02, 2015, 08:54:07 AM
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Is that real? Well i cant imagine the lives there. Is this really effect of climate change? Would that move to another place?

Im not good at reading climates but thats not an ordinary phenomenon.
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December 02, 2015, 09:00:03 AM
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Is that real? Well i cant imagine the lives there. Is this really effect of climate change? Would that move to another place?

Im not good at reading climates but thats not an ordinary phenomenon.

What makes you think this is the effect of climate change? I think it´s generally known as and called smog, industrial and traffic pollution etc, look it up.....


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December 03, 2015, 01:50:36 AM
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In the wake of yet another bout of devastating smog, China announced today that it plans cut its power sector emissions 60% by 2020, a promise that puts the US Clean Power Plan to shame. If fulfilled, the pledge would make a major dent in global carbon pollution.

http://gizmodo.com/chinas-new-carbon-pledge-puts-the-us-clean-power-plan-t-1745752486?newstream=off&utm_expid=66866090-71.ZDl_b8uGQgG7HBI5sxDRgQ.1

Well, I don´t know how much of that smog from coal burning plants is carbon "pollution", it probably contains way more nasty stuff and real pollution (SO2, NOx and mercury etc). If idiots start believing that the stuff they exhale is pollution that is destroying the world maybe they´ll start destroying themselves en masse to save the world.

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December 03, 2015, 03:16:19 AM
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What's always funny to me with these things is that they will claim that they can't afford clean energy because it's too expensive. But I can't imagine the factories being shut down, poor worldwide image, and unhealthy works is any more cost effective...

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December 03, 2015, 04:48:28 AM
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Remember the Ozon Hole? How we stopped spraying this and that to save the world? Well, it´s still there and actually close to a high in size since 1990. A month ago it was larger than the area of the continent of North-America. Not sure who benefited from that story back then, someone probably does when there´s shifts in consumption. And of course there was an industry of experts and scientists et cetera dealing with the problem.

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