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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 11/10/2010

NOAA imagery: Pollution over China

By Jason Samenow

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Imagery showing nitrogen dioxide concentrations over China in October. Source: NOAA

NOAA's Environmental Visualization Laboratory posted the alarming image above on its website, describing it as follows:

Massive plumes of the gas nitrogen dioxide can be seen hovering in the troposphere (low atmosphere) above China. Nitrogen dioxide is a by-product of fossil fuel combustion. The gas acts as a pollutant and also promotes the formation of low-level ozone, which is harmful to human health. Most major industrial areas have high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in the surrounding atmosphere, though China's was the worst in October 2010. This image was generated by accumulating all of the data taken during the month of October by the GOME-2 sensor on board the MetOp-A satellite flown by the European Space Agency. NOAA and ESA openly share data from their satellites to help improve the observing and understanding of the Earth's environment

If you find the image above scary, think about this: in its World Energy Outlook released Tuesday, the International Energy Agency reported that China's energy demand is projected to rise 75% from 2008 levels by 2035.

By Jason Samenow  | November 10, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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Could they also post a side-by-side with the Atlantic seaboard? This doesn't really mean much without some context.

Posted by: jeffwood | November 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse


Here's a global image of today's N02 levels: -- there's certainly of coverage over the U.S. East Coast but the highest concentrations do appear over China.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse


It's also interesting to see the high concentrations in Europe

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

So gross.
Future generations will probably curse us for the head-in-the-sand attitude towards fossil fuels & their byproducts.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 10, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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