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Man, do we love talking at how much China’s air quality sucks — so much that we’ve even been suckered into fake viral memes about it. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing’s air pollution isn’t even that bad… relatively speaking. “Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi,” says the Times in an article about the Indian city’s smog.
It’s pretty obvious that breathing in sooty air is bad. But just how bad is it? Scary bad — as The Allegheny Front explains.
Getty Images has published a fresh set of photos from the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro — which is the site chosen for water sports at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The photos are frankly shocking, as the iconic bay will be the site of sailing events during the summer Olympic Games.
Airborne pollution is a major issue in China, with local hospitals opening up “smog clinics” and waves of city-dwellers migrating to more rural areas to escape. While Chinese officials are pursuing “cloud seeding” as a way to control pollution, a Zhejiang University professor thinks he has a better idea: Sprinklers. Big ones.
The smog situation in China is getting even worse, with pollution levels as high as 30 times the limits set by the World Health Organisation. Check out this image taken in late December, 2013 by NASA’s Terra satellite. You can’t barely see anything because of the crap floating in the air. It gets even worse at full size:
The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini’s ill-advised decision to build a major road nearby.