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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:24 AM
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China hit by rising air pollution
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China is the world's largest sulphur dioxide polluter, emitting nearly 26m tons of the gas in 2005.

This was a 27% increase since 2000 and coincided with a rise in coal consumption, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) said.

The gas contributes to acid rain, which damages buildings, soil and crops, and can cause health problems in humans.

Li Xinmin of SEPA's air pollution department told a press conference that much of the pollution came from burning coal.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5241844.stm

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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:35 AM
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1. Sad but true
the particles act like mirrors andf reflect sunlight back outward and so reducingthe amount of sunlight which reaches the earth - aka global dimming. That reduces the effect of global warming and creates an illusion that the subject of global warming has been greatly exaggerated.
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:51 PM
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2. The Price They Pay
for churning out junks for Wal-Mart and other corporate empires.
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