The United Kingdom Cloaked in Toxic Haze
Satellite images showing the UK suffocating in a lethal cocktail of chemicals, particulate matter, dust and dirt particles trapped by a high-pressure system.
The United Kingdom was draped by a pall of smog on April 22, 2011, when MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this photo-like image. The toxic haze, foretasted to persist through at least Sunday, April 24, has reportedly triggered air quality warnings in England and Wales, NASA-EO reported. Click image to enlarge.
The smog over United Kingdom and Ireland was even more visible a day earlier. United Kingdom and Ireland Subset – Image by MODIS on Aqua satellite 1km res photo-like image for April 21, 2011. Click image to enlarge. Click HERE for largest image.
A view of central London from Parliament Hill (Hampstead Heath, north London, UK) on April 22, 2011. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.
Motor vehicles are a major source of ground level ozone and smog. Ozone can inflame the lung’s lining, and repeated episodes of inflammation may cause permanent changes in the lung. (Left) A healthy lung airway and, (right) an inflamed lung airway. Source EPA.