The map above shows the climate around Asia in a real time map.
See the map for yourself at: http://aqicn.org/map/
It reminds of the NASA imagery from 2010 with a similar view.. Not only air quality needs to be considered, Isabel Hilton talked about the soil problems China is facing with on Sinica podcast last week (18 minutes into the show).
Pictures from Shanghai
Last week, friends from China have been posting some sad pictures of the foggy/smoggy city. Business insider gave four possible reasons for the recent peak. One factor might be the upcoming christmas season. Ofcourse car usage increased but the problem isn’t one of China’s, it’s due to China being the factory of the world, it might be a problem for the world.
Hope these problems will get less, I’ve been tracking PM2.5 levels in China ever since 2010. Initially through the numbers put out by the US embassy. They seemed to go down at the time, but perhaps only due to the Shanghai Expo at the time.