The Sky Is Not Falling: Pollution In Eastern China Cuts Light, Useful Rainfall

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La place Tian’anmen à Pékin (nord-est de la Chine). ©AFP PHOTO/TEH Eng Koon

New research shows that air pollution in eastern China has reduced the amount of light rainfall over the past 50 years and decreased by 23 percent the number of days of light rain in the eastern half of the country. The results suggest that bad air quality might be affecting the country’s ability to raise crops as well as contributing to health and environmental problems.


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