China's suffocating blanket of smog even visible from space

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  1. busigator96

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    China's latest spell of severe pollution can be seen from space.

    NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the thick smog lingering over China, from Beijing to Shanghai, on Saturday. The haze is shown in gray, while the white areas represent clouds and fog, according to NASA's Earth Observatory. At the time, the Air Quality Index had climbed to 487 in Beijing and 404 in Shanghai. The scale goes up to 500, but levels above 300 are considered dangerous.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/chinas-suffocating-blanket-smog-even-visible-space-2D11736707
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    looks like they need an EPA ;)
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    That's ugly looking. Between that and their other pollution I guess it's the State's way of taking care of the population problem.
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    nah, just trust the manufacturers, they'll always do the right thing.
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    They are actually having to limit car use among other things, between that and the health problems it is causing for millions of people, it's a serious drag on productivity. I think they are slowly going to realize that their energy model isn't sustainable.
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    It's pretty amazing. I was watching a golf tourney over there about a month ago, thinking, "Wow, it's really hazy and humid over there.? Then they mentioned there was an air-quality warning. I mean "WOW!" Imagine a drizzly day here (in Florida), but instead of moisture, it's smog.
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    Outright sickening. I remember what a real concern it was for them for the Olympics and how I think they went to extraordinary measures to try to limit the smog.

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    I was there in 1983, and it was terribly smoggy then. I attributed it to coal-fired industry, and coal-fired cooking in virtually every residence. Dirty business.
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    To all the environmentalist, move to China and try to make a difference where it actually counts.
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    Yeah, definitely. The air here in the USA is too clear, let's ship the environmentalists over to Beijing and see if we can't even it out a little. It's only fair that we here in the USA have our fair share of that haze - they aren't making those iPhones for themselves you know.
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    So you are saying that environmentalists were successful here in helping clean up our air?
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    Ship the wackos to China. They'll jut kill 'em.
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    So, are you saying a person wanting good air quality makes them a whacko?
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    in general terms, no

    at the expense of common sense, yes
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    of course not. I mean liberal environmentalist wackos. You know. They live up in trees with owls, call a leaking hose a wetlands, and think any human activity must be halted to save their warped view of the world. Yep, ship them over to see One Hung Low and maybe they'll use them as pipe stuffers for their chimneys.
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    Yepper. Was in Seattle about ten years ago. Was a push to go to single paper to save the trees.
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    Saw the same thing when I went to LA last spring.
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    Well, not the same as those pics, but it was striking to me.
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    funny how similar the effects of authoritarian communism and unfettered capitalism are

    China is a capitalist's wet dream

    do what you want, with little workers rights, at whatever expense to the environment, and descent squashed
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    LA's smog has actually gotten better as Cali has made a concerted effort over the past half century to address it. Yet, to some degree, there's only so much they can do short of just stopping the use of any vehicles in southern Cal since geography also plays a big role in it.

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