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Pollution masquerading as fog

January 12, 2013

Pollution masquerading as fog

I remember when I first moved to Prague, the coal smoke hung so heavily in the air during the winter time. If you stood on the bank of the Vltava river, you literally couldn’t see to the other side – so thick was the polluted air. This photo is from China, but it’s not a whole lot different from what I witnessed in Eastern Europe in the early to mid 1990s.


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  1. I grew up in Gary, Indiana. Iron and steel. Open-hearth furnaces were just being phased out.

  2. I’m so spoiled living in Maine – unless you’re near a paper mill, you don’t notice the pollution at all. I went to Los Angeles with my father when I was 15. There was this thick haze of brown across the horizon and the air smelled terrible. All I wanted to do was go home.

  3. I live in rural VA, but I grew up in Chicago. Still, there was nothing quite like the pollution I encountered in Eastern Europe after the wall fell. I think it’s changed quite a bit now, but China keeps puffing away. Some of the photographs have a grim beauty to them, though.

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