Environs: Heavy Air!

China experiencing record air pollution levels

January 15, 2013

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Rapid industrialization, along with disregard for environmental regulations, is causing residents of China’s major cities to stay indoors, or wear masks while outdoors.

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    This photo taken on January 14, 2013 shows the downtown covered by heavy smog in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province. Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15 as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China.STR/AFP/Getty Images

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    This picture taken on January 14, 2013 shows a man covering his mouth with his hand as he rides in heavy fog in Hefei, central China’s Anhui province. Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15 as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China. STR/AFP/Getty Images

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    This photo taken on January 14, 2013 shows heavy smoke coming out from chimneys in Wangjing community, Beijing. Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15 as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China. STR/AFP/Getty Images

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    This combo shows (top) the Xuanwu Lake under heavy fog in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province on January 14, 2013, and the same view (bottom) taken under non-polluted weather on March 31, 2012. Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15 as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China. STR/AFP/Getty Images

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    This combination of photos shows (top) the Beijing skyline during severe pollution on January 14, 2013, and the same view (bottom) taken during clear weather on February 4, 2012. Dense smog shrouded the city with pollution at hazardous levels for a fourth day and residents were advised to stay indoors. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

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    This photo taken on January 14, 2013 shows Wangjing community under heavy smog in Beijing. Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15 as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China. STR/AFP/Getty Images

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    A woman wears a mask as she waits for a bus in Beijing on January 15, 2013. Public anger in China at dangerous levels of air pollution, which blanketed Beijing in acrid smog, spread as state media queried official transparency and the nation’s breakneck development. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

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    A child wearing a mask walks in a park in Beijing on January 15, 2013. Public anger in China at dangerous levels of air pollution, which blanketed Beijing in acrid smog, spread as state media queried official transparency and the nation’s breakneck development. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

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    A sales assistant stands next to air purifyers at a shop in Beijing on January 15, 2013. Public anger in China at dangerous levels of air pollution, which blanketed Beijing in acrid smog, spread as state media queried official transparency and the nation’s breakneck development. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

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    In this Monday Jan. 14, 2013 photo, pedestrians cover their mouths while crossing a road on a hazy day in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province. Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country’s rapid pace of industrialization, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in car ownership and disregard for environmental laws. (AP Photo)

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    This picture taken on January 14, 2013 shows vehicles running slowly in heavy fog in Hefei, central China’s Anhui province. Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15 as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China.STR/AFP/Getty Images

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    A couple wearing face masks look on as they make their way along a street in Beijing on January 15, 2013.Shares in a Chinese face mask manufacturer soared on January 15, as investors looked for opportunities to cash in on the severe air pollution that has blanketed large swathes of China. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

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    Cyclists travel on the road on a hazy day in Huaibei, in central China’s Anhui province Monday Jan. 14, 2013. Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country’s rapid pace of industrialization, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in car ownership and disregard for environmental laws. (AP Photo)

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    Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei poses with a gas mask in protest of the bad air quality in Beijing, in this handout photo taken on January 13, 2013 and provided to Reuters on January 15, 2013. Air pollution at dangerous levels has blanketed parts of China for days, causing respiratory problems for some. Air quality in Beijing was the worst on record on Januray 12 and 13, according to environmental campaign group Greenpeace, while the local pollution monitoring centre warned residents to stay indoors. REUTERS/Courtesy of Ai Weiwei/Handout

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    People stand in the heavy haze at Forbidden City in central Beijing, January 14, 2013. Chinese media said on Monday the government had to take urgent action to tackle air pollution, which has blanketed parts of the country at dangerous levels in recent days, and one newspaper called for a re-think of a “fixation” on economic growth. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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    A woman wears a mask as she does her morning exercise outdoors in Fuyang, Anhui province, January 14, 2013. China’s environmental watchdog on Monday ordered greater efforts to issue early warnings for air quality, as hazardous air pollution has hit many parts of the country in recent days, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken January 14, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

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    A natural-color image of northeastern China acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on January 3, 2013 in this handout photo released by NASA on January 15, 2013. REUTERS/NASA/Terra – MODIS

    Link: http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/01/15/china-experiencing-record-air-pollution-levels/

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