16 Jan '12, 2am

Beijing Disappears Beneath the Great Smog of China

Beijing Disappears Beneath the Great Smog of China

It's a common misconception that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space, but there is another manmade object close by that is visible from 438 miles up -- a soupy mass of smog hovering over Beijing so thickly opaque that it can actually obscure a large swath of the city from sight. Just days ago, NASA's Aqua satellite returned this image of the North China Plain during its recent chockingly intense bout of air pollution, which reduced on the ground visibility to a mere 200 meters, underscoring China's significant contributions to global carbon emissions. For comparison, here's the same region on a clear day. NASA /via Just last month, air-quality measurements taken from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing were so bad as to even exceed the index's highest ranking of 'hazardous' -- leading TreeHugger's Brian Merchant to suggest a new one: 'get-the-hell-out-of-town apocalypti...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/beijin...

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