10 Images of Air Pollution in China

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Stock Photography | No Comments

China has been in the headlines again this week for its infamous air pollution hitting hazardous levels again.

According to an article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, “China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, is suffering from serious air pollution, largely attributed to smog from coal-fired power plants.” It adds that the “onset of winter and the need for more heating of homes means the problem has intensified in the capital, which has an estimated population of 20 million.”

This is an issue I have documented many times as I have spent time in China. It’s a scourge that blights the lives of millions of people and is causing untold damage to the health of the country’s urban residents.

Below I share with you 10 images from my collection with National Geographic Creative that give you glimpses into the lives of people who have to live with this issue everyday.

You can also see more in my stories; Beijing: The Masked City and The Smog That Ate Beijing.

A heavy haze of air pollution hanging over the Forbidden City.

A heavy haze of air pollution hanging over the Forbidden City.

On a heavily polluted day, busy traffic passes along the second ring road in west Beijing.

On a heavily polluted day, busy traffic passes along the second ring road in the west of Beijing.

Smog lingering over mountains outside of Beijing, China.

Smog lingering over mountains outside of Beijing, China.

Air pollution hangs over central Beijing.

Air pollution hangs over central Beijing.

The hazy Hong Kong skyline, viewed from the Kowloon district.

The hazy Hong Kong skyline, viewed from the Kowloon district.

A woman sleeping on a bus in the Ximending shopping district in Taipei.

A woman sleeping on a bus in the Ximending shopping district in Taipei.

A woman wearing a mask to protect herself from air pollution.

A woman wearing a mask to protect herself from air pollution.

A man wearing a mask crosses a pedestrian crossing in Taipei.

A man wearing a mask crosses a pedestrian crossing in Taipei.

A man wipes sweat from his neck as air pollution hangs over the Forbidden City.

A man wipes sweat from his neck as air pollution hangs over the Forbidden City.

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