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    The Smog In China Should Terrify You

    The soaring pollution levels in China have draped the country in a permanent haze.

    In the Pudong Lujiazui financial area in Shanghai, the whole city and most of the industrial parts of the country are suffering under a permanent haze.

    Aly Song / Reuters
    Aly Song / Reuters

    Wearing a face mask outdoors is a necessity for those living in industrial areas. Sales of face masks in China are eight times higher than they were last year.

    Aly Song / Reuters
    Aly Song / Reuters

    Beijing Schools are keeping children indoors and the Beijing Shijitan Hospital is reporting a 20% increase in patients arriving with respiratory health issues.

    Jianan Yu / Reuters
    Aly Song / Reuters

    The pollution levels are at record highs. The haze has become so bad that on Monday a factory fire in Eastern China raged for three hours before someone noticed the smoke.

    The Associated Press / AP
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    A study released by Greenpeace and Peking University’s School of Public Health found that pollution led to 8,572 early deaths in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xian in 2012.

    Feng Li / Getty Images

    (Sources: The Telegraph, Voice Of America, Care2, Businessweek)

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