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Map of global air-particulate pollution  (Source: Aaron van Donkelaar, Dalhousie University)
Industrial sector of this region has the highest concentration of particulates

Canadian scientists have developed a map of global air-particulate pollution using National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite data, and it shows that China's air quality is very poor compared to the rest of the world. 

Aaron van Donkelaar and Randall Martin from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada created the map using satellite data because they believed ground-based detection would be "spotty" in areas or nonexistent. The data used for the map is from 2001 to 2006. 

The map of global air-particulate pollution shows fine particulate matter density worldwide through color-coding, where white and dark blue areas have the lowest concentration of particulates and dark red areas have the highest concentration of particulates. The reddest part of the entire map is Eastern China's industrial area.

Despite the fact that the data used for the map is from 2001 to 2006, The Wall Street Journal noted in July that China's air quality is getting worse, and has not improved since the time period of this data.

In fact, more recent studies, such as the research conducted by a team of scientists who studied air pollution along the Yangtze River Delta in China, proves that China's air quality is only getting worse. This particular study concluded that the Yangtze River Delta is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and the "fastest growing economic development region in China." The area has seen drastic increases in atmospheric emissions and energy consumption, which led the team of researchers to use the Community Multiscale Air Quality model along with an emission inventory to measure baseline concentrations in order to calculate health risks and construct control strategies.

Many health issues arise from poor air quality because fine particulates are capable of passing the body's cilia defenses and penetrating the lungs and blood. Bronchitis, cardiovascular disease and asthma are a few of the illnesses that can come from poor air quality. Through both of these studies, researchers can better understand what China is up against and can develop ways to counter it, saving hundreds of millions of people who live in this area from chronic disease.

This study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives.



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No way...
By Sazabi19 on 9/28/2010 2:11:44 PM , Rating: 5
This is surprising in the least to anyone...




RE: No way...
By Stuka on 9/28/2010 2:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised that parts of the US are not more orange. The haze in "teal" Phoenix can be pretty bad, so I can't imagine what "burgundy" is like.


RE: No way...
By Proxes on 9/28/2010 2:42:14 PM , Rating: 3
From what I read China's air is so bad you cough up black phlegm. There's a reason people walk around with masks on all the time and it's not because of bird flu.


RE: No way...
By quiksilvr on 9/28/2010 4:09:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's what happens when you have two billion people breathing in one spot.


RE: No way...
By AssBall on 9/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: No way...
By amanojaku on 9/28/2010 4:35:39 PM , Rating: 2
Only if you wanted me to commit suicide.


RE: No way...
By rudolphna on 9/28/2010 4:36:57 PM , Rating: 2
I know. I saw the title, and I instantly burst out with

No, really? Who whoddathunkit?


RE: No way...
By JarredWalton on 9/28/2010 4:44:25 PM , Rating: 3
So here's a question: where do most of our "green" hybrid vehicles get manufactured? How about their batteries? I've always wondered about that: if you make a battery using a horribly unenvironmental plant in China, are we just moving our pollution over there? I would be interested in seeing a study done on how much waste products are involved in the creation of all the Li-Ion batteries and what not that we use in all our electronics.


RE: No way...
By walk2k on 9/28/2010 7:46:10 PM , Rating: 5
I hope all you teabaggers and libertarians and other business-first anti-government types are paying attention. This is what you get when you let "the free market" decide.


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