In The Air Tonight

2004-10-23 19:18:09

Global air pollution map produced by Envisat's SCIAMACHY

The image shows the global mean tropospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) vertical column density (VCD) between January 2003 and June 2004, as measured by the SCIAMACHY instrument on ESA's Envisat.

An extremely interesting map -- what get me is the amazingly high pollution on the coast and inlands of China (here's a map for reference). Is it the result of vast industrialization? Or do they simply not give a shit about pollution? Or both?

[Called to my attention by the most excellent bookofjoe]