China’s Smog Problem Linked to Arctic Sea Ice Loss: Report

By | Mar 16, 2017 03:52 AM EDT
China Air Pollution Problem.

A new study has found that China's heavy smog spell is deeply linked to climate change that has caused heavy loss of ice in Arctic Sea.(Photo : Getty Images. )

Climate change played a significant role in causing extreme air pollution in China during 2013 December and more such "airpocalypses" are most likely to become common in the coming years, the new study has found.

This new research study was led by Prof Yuhang Wang from Georgia Institute of Technology based in Atlanta. Mr Wang specifically blamed the 'fast melting ice in the Arctic sea' and 'unprecedented increase in snowfall in Serbia' for worsening climate conditions across the globe, including China.      

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"The very rapid change in polar warming is really having a large impact on China," Wang said as he explained further "Mostly that's because of a very rapid change in the high Polar Regions where sea ice is decreasing and snowfall is increasing."

Wang claimed that this perturbation process "keeps cold air from getting into the eastern parts of China, where it would flush out the air pollution."   

The new finding makes sense, given that even non-scientific observation found out that there seems to be an apparent link between climatic change in Arctic sea & Serbia and 'airpocalypses' that happened in 2013 and 2016. In both the years China experienced heavy smog for a prolong period, after ice levels in Arctic region fell to unprecedentedly low level and Serbia witnessed record snow fall.

What is really worrying is that this new study agrees with views of most environmentalists that claims global warming will force Arctic sea ice to decline further in coming years, which means airpocalypses are set to become a recurring phenomena in future in the world's most populous country.

This has set a concern among many people on how well China can pull off the Winter Olympics Games in 2022. Many doubt that bad air quality in China can affect the Winter Olympic games, just as it did during the Summer Olympics games of 2008.  

China's air pollution problem hogged global limelight during the entire month December in 2013, when the entire Eastern China region was continuously plagued by heavy smog, bringing the lives of millions of people to a standstill. The heavy smog spell again repeated in December last year, but this time it was northern China region that was affected the most.                

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