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February 11, 2013

Chinese New Year: Where There’s Smoke

How do you know when you’re really feeling climate anxiety? When you find yourself trying to guess how much haze in each Chinese New Year celebration photo is coming from the fireworks.

(photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters caption: A man watches as fireworks light up the skyline of Shanghai in celebration of Chinese New Year in Shanghai early February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.)

  • bks3bks

    The way to get China to cut down its CO2 emissions is to … just a minute, important tweet coming in on my new iPhone. Oh, look, Samantha is eating lunch at Red Lobster. Wait, do I even know Samantha? What were we talking about?

    –bks

  • LanceThruster

    Isn’t China the country whose smog can be seen from space?

  • Cactus

    It’s an effective image artistically about the
    fireworks. Not too sure it’s effective about air pollution. It’s nighttime.
    We can’t tell if the man is wearing a face mask or not. Shots of Shanghai in
    the daytime shows almost everybody wearing face masks — which are probably more
    effective in screening colds and flu than air pollution.

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