By Jess Zimmerman, October 21, 2013
Beijing, China is having insane smog
right now, so heavy that flights and concerts are being canceled.
Officially, visibility is around 160 feet, although people are reporting
being able to see only a few yards in front of their faces, and
small-particle pollution is 40 times higher than the safe limit
recommended by the World Health Organization. And here is what it looks
like from space, as photographed by NASA satellites:
By contrast, here’s what it looked like on a clearer day in early September:
Aliens are for sure looking at us and shaking their heads, or whatever, real sadly right now.