This week has been beautiful in British Columbia, warm and sunny.
If you've been watching the sunsets out over English Bay lately, you can't help but notice the vibrant array of warm colours, getting deeper in tone nearing the horizon. The oranges and reds, they look more vibrant than you've ever seen them before, beautiful but unusual, a forewarning. Is it a sign of things to come, red skies, breathless smog, the lull before the storm?
There is a reason why this is happening.
China is now coming into her own, she is now industrialized and pumping out a soup of smog of small-particles in areas forty times higher than the national safety standard. You can barely see the end of your nose, its that bad. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily reading level of twenty that can be tolerated , 300 considered deadly, with reports of it reaching a 1000 in some parts.
This is smog season in China. The weather is turning cooler. People are turning on their coal burning furnaces which is adding greatly to the overall quality of air. Coal being the culprit. People there are having problems breathing.
Well, British Columbia! Expect prettier sunsets from here on in, all that smog is blowing this way and will be getting worse as China now becomes a super industrialized country.
ref: The Vancouver Sun