China Shrouded in Sand, Dust and PM
Posted by feww on March 10, 2013
It’ll get a lot worse, before it’s all over!
Another major sandstorm hit large portions of northern and central China including the capital Beijing .
Original caption: Citizens are seen amid dust and sand in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, March 9, 2013. A sandstorm swept through Henan on Saturday, causing temperature drop and low visibility. (Xinhua/Zhao Peng). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…
- It was the second sandstorm to hit China this year, following the February 28 massive sandstorm that originated in Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
- The sand and dust which buffeted Beijing, forced the temperatures to drop by up to 9 degree Celsius, said a report.
- “The wind and dusty weather changed the capital’s major air pollutant component from PM2.5, airborne particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, to PM10.”
- The average density of PM10 rose sharply starting μ Saturday, with the peak density reaching 1,000 mg per square meter around noon in western parts of downtown Beijing.
- The wort affected areas included Liaoning, Shandong and Hebei provinces, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as well as Tianjin Municipality in northern China, Henan province in central China, Sichuan province in SW China, and Guangdong province on the South China Sea coast of the country.
Beijing Air Quality “Worse than SARS”
The poor air quality, according to a leading Chinese public health expert, is worse than SARS because nobody can escape it. Research suggests that air pollution can “raise the risk of cardio-respiratory death by 2 to 3 percent for every increase of 10 micrograms per cubic meter of pollutants.” Only 1 percent of China’s 560 million urban residents breathe air considered safe by the European Union, according to a 2007 World Bank study. A report released by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection in November 2010 showed that “about a third of 113 cities failed to meet national air standards.” (http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/03/beijing-air-quality-worse-than-sars/)
China’s Soil Pollution: The “Silent Killer”
“About 40 percent of China’s agricultural land is irrigated with underground water, of which 90 percent is polluted, according to Liu Xin, a food and health expert and a member of an advisory body to parliament, who was quoted in the Southern Metropolitan Daily,” said a report.
- Hazardous Smog Chokes Northern China February 28, 2013
- Beijing Buried in Smog – Again! Posted on February 17, 2013
- Beijing Buried in Heavy Smog – Take 4 Posted on January 29, 2013
- Heavy Smog Entombs Beijing Again Posted on January 23, 2013
- Breathtaking Beijing Posted on January 14, 2013
- Hazardous Air Warnings in Beijing as Landslide Kills Dozens in SW China Posted on January 12, 2013
March 10, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,098 Days Left
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- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,098 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
- WARNING: Human impact 2.85 x Earth’s diminishing carrying capacity
- WARNING: RAPID PLANETARY DECLINE IN PROGRESS!
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