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HAZE DAYS: Over the past half century, sunlight reaching the surface in China has decreased (upper left), along with surface evaporation (upper right). Without an extenuating circumstance, climatologists would expect to find increased cloudiness. But, in fact, they found the opposite (lower left), along with more frequent clear skies for the same period (lower right). The likely culprit: a sun-choking haze from a nine-fold increase in air pollution.

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Document Title: China's Haze Days map
Category: Atmospheric Sciences
Media Type: Maps
Date of Image/Photo: Winter 2005
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URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/AMER-6L4V39

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