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China Fact- Draped Under a Blanket of Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011


From http://www.factsanddetails.com
Space shuttle astronaut Jay Apt wrote in National Geographic, “many of the great coastal cites of China hide from our cameras under a…blanket of smoke from soft-coal fires.” The northeast industrial town of Benxi is so polluted that it once disappeared from satellite photos. Its residents have the highest rate of lung disease in China.

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2 Responses to “China Fact- Draped Under a Blanket of Pollution”

  1. Puny Oatmeal Returnees said

    FWIW that’s harmonious coal smoke.

    and it’s serving a dual purpose if american satellites can’t penetrate it. talk about being sacrificed for the needs of the state. (re: citizen welfare)

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