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One people, one planet, one pollution

Posted By quixote On 24 Jan, 2013 @ 16:21 In politics,science | No Comments


I was hiking yesterday and looked out to sea. This is what I saw.

An orange-brown band of dust? smog? all of the above? stretching over the whole horizon. There’s a larger composite picture here [1] that shows more of the extent. (In the foreground, you can make out the Navy Seabees target practice range. That’s Anacapa Island shrouded in the distance.)

I’ve lived here for years and never seen anything like it. Ordinary Los Angeles pollution looks like this:

 

It’s more purple-colored, much fainter, and bigger toward LA, petering out toward the ocean. (The picture is from an old post [2] where I was puzzling about wind direction.)

When I mentioned it at home, I found out that Beijing had an Airpocalypse [3] around January 12th and the next few days, an immense pollution event that drowned the city in choking dusty smog [4].

View of Beijing smog.

 

NASA regularly tracks Chinese pollution across the Pacific, but it wasn’t usually still as thick as soup by the time it got here.

Well, it is now. I’m fairly sure that’s what I was seeing. Dirt pushed across the whole Pacific ahead of a huge storm system that also brought us rain later on. One to two weeks is how long it takes to get here from China.

This is not good.


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[1] here: http://molvray.com/images/air-pollution-trans-Pacific-composite-Pt-Mugu-2013-01-23.jpg

[2] old post: http://www.molvray.com/acidtest/2008/03/violating-the-law/

[3] Beijing had an Airpocalypse: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=80152

[4] drowned the city in choking dusty smog: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/15/nasa_releases_china_air_pollution_images/

[5] (aworldchaos.wordpress.com): https://aworldchaos.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/beijings-airpocalypse-spurs-pollution-controls-public-pressure/

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