Wednesday, June 25, 2008

8 Pictures Captured Around The World about Global warming-2

5)A man flying a kite in Tiananmen Square last Boxing Day. Pollution levels on a typical day in Beijing are five times above World Health Organisation standards for safety, and are worse in the summer, worrying Olympic athletes. Three million cars and coal-fired factories, steel mills and skyscraper builds throughout the city have caused the smog. To 'clean' the air for the Olympics, Chinese authorities will take 1m cars off the road and are closing factories a month in advance

6)A worker cleaning dead fish at Guanqiao Lake in central China's Hubei province last July. Hot weather and untreated industrial waste killed an estimated 50,000kg of fish. Drought, a growing population and booming industry led to critical water shortages. Last year the Yangtze river fell to its lowest level since 1866. The government trucked water to millions of people. Low water levels worsen the pollution diverted into lakes and rivers from manufacturing and sewage

7)A plane skims the parasols as it lands on the Dutch island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean. If these holidaymakers are flying long haul each has contributed more greenhouse gases than a single car does in a year. Global aviation accounts for 3.5 per cent of all emissions, but with air travel becoming economically possible for larger numbers this could increase to 15 per cent by 2050, wiping out gains in other sectors. Aviation emissions growth is not included in the new Climate Change bill

8)AES Drax in Yorkshire pumps smoke out of the tallest chimneys in the country. The coal-fired power plant emits more CO2 – 22.8 million tonnes annually – than the 100 least-industrialised nations combined. Drax provides 7% of Britain's electrical power. Burning fossil fuels to turn steam turbines and create electricity accounts for a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, and coal has the highest carbon content of all fuels

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