China Smog “Like Nuclear Winter”

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The smog cloud choking China is blotting out so much of the sun that plants will have difficulty growing and the country’s agriculture could be crippled, warn Chinese scientists – comparing the effects of the pollution to a “nuclear winter.”

Photos of murky grey expanses which are reputedly the nation’s cities have proven shocking enough, as has the likelihood that millions of Chinese will be killed by smog-induced disease and that cloud now poisons neighbouring countries, but researchers now say it is in danger of decimating the nation’s agricultural output.

A professor with a Chinese agricultural university has conducted experiments in which seedlings which formerly took 20 days to grow ended up taking two months under smoggy conditions, and says greenhouses will be the first to be hit – though by no means the last:

“They will be lucky to live at all. Now almost every farm is caught in a smog panic.

A large number of representatives of agricultural companies have suddenly showed up at academic meetings on photosynthesis in recent months and sought desperately for solutions.

Our overseas colleagues were shocked by the phenomenon because in their countries nothing like this had ever happened.”

The effect is, he says, “somewhat similar to a nuclear winter.”

A researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth provides the less than reassuring news that via satellite data the authorities may actually now how much of an impact the smog is having but are keeping the results secret to avoid a panic:

“Such studies are sensitive and their results will probably not be released to the public.

Some government officials might worry that linking smog to agricultural production would prompt a panic.

But there is no denying the sunlight that reaches Chinese soil has been dramatically reduced in recent years.”

Desperate farmers are said to be experimenting with even more intense use of growth hormones and even artificial lighting in an effort to preserve their yields – although given that most of China’s power comes from coal this may not have the intended result.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 02/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Somewhere in the smog Pyramid Head lurks.

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    Comment by dom01374
    14:13 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'm sensing another silent hill movie

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Now where the fuck is my iron pipe...

    Won't feel as good bludgeoning those demon children with any other object.

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    Comment by Mitchell
    03:26 04/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    hope not. last one was stupid (not the first one, i liked that one)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 02/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    look how easy it is to commit a crime in Beijing, nobody can see a thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Now is a good time to be a Ninja in China.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:39 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You'll need a gas mask though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cyber Ninja is the way to go - gas mask and radar vision pre-installed!

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    Comment by Satonaka
    10:57 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Neither are ninja's but what you're saying is that it's either

    "SO, you like to play Castleevaaaaaniaaaa!!!"

    or..

    "Oh... you think darkness is your ally...."

    Those kinda masks? XD

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    Comment by cpc65
    23:51 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yah, and then you find out that the JV you were fondling in an alley was a 90 year-old guy.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:20 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Oh god, growth hormones...it's just a continuous downward spiral. Thank god most of the European nations have strict laws against use of the bullshit we do to our plants as well. If china keeps doing this stuff... well... more people will die and be diseased, so I guess nothing will be different from the current situation there.

    Then again much of our population is stupid enough not to recognize the dangers of genetic modification to foods either so...

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    Comment by vanchrian
    05:46 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're pretty stupid for thinking that genetic modification is inherently dangerous.

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    Comment by Benoist
    10:26 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    no, he's not : it's inherently dangerous to leave any technology in the hands of the chinese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 03/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, the Chinese GM foods come with an inherent self-destruction mechanism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So give them something that can't be dangerous. Like a chair, or a coin, or a... No, wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed - And we've been doing similar things to plants and animals for centuries anyways. Genetically modifying them merely changes how quickly and the exact nature of the changes.

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    Comment by vanchrian
    08:48 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There are checks in place meant to prevent such accidents from occurring. And in the unlikely event a strain gets out, its very quickly dealt with.

    Contrary to what the anti-GM cults would like you to believe, there is no conspiracy to 'spread' GM genes onto non-GM crops. Its actually the opposite.

    Farmers who use GM crops have to follow extremely strict guidelines to prevent the genes from GM crops getting out. The GM companies themselves have to guarantee that. If they fail to do so, a federal investigation is immediately initiated.

    Whoever is found to be at fault will have any and every federal regulatory body tasked with monitoring the practice come down hard on them, as they have done so in the past.

    Furthermore, contrary again to what the cultists would like you to believe, the safety trials are anything but sloppy.

    GM crops have to undergo extremely thorough and detailed testing before they are deemed safe for public consumption, if any of the tests turn up anything that could be cause for concern, the application is simply denied. This happens on a regular basis, even for the slightest misgivings, they leave nothing up to chance.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:48 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ vanchrian even with those guidelines it still gets out and causes trouble.

    http://singularityhub.com/2013/07/02/monsanto-unapproved-gmo-wheat-escapes-into-oregon-fields-lawsuits-follow/

    The Chinese are esp reckless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @vanchrian way to totally misunderstand the purpose of those regulations. They are meant to fatten the wallet of corporations selling the seeds. You have to pay for every single crop that has those genes, even if your crop got those genes accidentally.

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    Comment by vanchrian
    18:11 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Char Yeah, accidents happen I'm afraid. I haven't been following up on the investigation of the whole thing.

    Are the investigation results out yet? Or is it still on-going?

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    Comment by vanchrian
    18:08 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 16:35 Way to be anti-GM cultist. There is no grands conspiracy.

    Do the GM companies charge for their seeds in order to make a profit? Of course they do, they wanna make money.

    Does it have anything to do with the regulatory bodies and the legislation in place to monitor the practice? Absolutely zilch.

    If any crop that was not supposed to have the gene is suddenly found to have the gene, then it sparks off an investigation because the stuff is supposed to be controlled. If the farmer is found to be at fault then he's made to pay the price, if some other party is at fault then that party is made to pay in some way or another, including if it happens to be the GM Company.

    If you honestly care so much about it then go read up on all the regulation and legislation involved. Its embarrassing to read cultists screaming conspiracy nonsense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    its a bit different cross breeding strains of wheat etc,as apposed to splicing in genes from bacteria,no one knows the full effects.

    plus youve got pollen blowing into neighbouring organic farms and cross pollinating with their crop,the farmers who dont want to deal with monsanto etc and keep growing traditional strains get shafted and lose their organic cert.

    and monstanto laugh all the way to the bank.

    there is nothing wrong with genetic modification,esp in the likes of genetic illnesses etc;but when youve got big business and big money running sloppy safety trials its not exactly on the up and up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Doesn't really matter much, european countrys aren't any safer either, its more like pick you're poisen.

    The only good thing is that life here is better/easier in general, than in china...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 03/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's a billion of those mofos. let darwin run its course.

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    Comment by Jungle Evil
    06:04 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There have been zero deaths or illnesses or other unhealthy side effects from GMO's here in America. Just saying.

    The entire scientific community says it's just as risky as eating organic.

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    Comment by Denshousha
    05:21 02/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Next thing is for the PRC to ban Godzilla VS the Smog Monster as anti-industrialist propaganda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 03/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anti-industrialist? In China? Does not compute.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What in the world is the Chinese government doing that's more important that fixing their pollution problem... too busy censoring the internet?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Censoring the internet and manufacturing "toxic process" items for US conglomerates, thereby skirting US EPA laws. Follow the money...

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    Comment by Rya
    07:21 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Isn't this exactly as planned? Now China will have no choice but to import European and American food. That would immensely help to reduce the US trade deficit and give them a new avenue to threaten China.

    You want Sankaku Islands, ok, but you won't get anymore food. Good luck losing 100 million to starvation (again!).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:02 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny how your comment fails so quickly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    >You want Sankaku Islands, ok, but you won't get anymore food. Good luck losing 100 million to starvation (again!).

    Would that be a "great leap forward?"

    Eh? Eh? I'll show myself out.

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    Comment by Rya
    07:22 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Senkaku Islands it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are posting on Senkaku complex

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, because countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand etc etc aren't big players in the 'food' exporters market....nope gotta import from the US and Euro zone.

    Comment by Anonymous

    weaboo detected

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 04/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny if it turns out that the poster is actually a real Japanese person?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Spaceballz was right. People will have cans of clean air in the future and a giant mechamaid will suck air from other places with its giant vacuum.

    Jokes aside. Future looks quite dark sooner than I though. Currently people live longer than before but if nothing is done and we let the air, water and soil get polluted and all, it might cut it by third or worse. As if we don´t already have problems with global warming followed by melting of ice caps, hurricanes and eventually a new Ice Age. Although more war will come before we reach that point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 04/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Sailor Moon and the 7 Ballz? Was that right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 03/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese actually do sell canned clean air already. No, really.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:41 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wonder Elon Musk want to put a city on Mars and Robert Bigelow one on the Moon as it's the only way humanity will survive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well with a nuclear WW3 looming over our heads with Russia I say we should have already begun the mars colonization a long time ago.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:51 03/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes we should have began Lunar and Mars colonization back in the 1970s and and maybe even would have if Nixon didn't cut NASA's budget by half.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Putting Beijing on mars would actually be a benefit. The only way to warm up Mars is to pump it up full of Greenhouse gasses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you havent heard it, but many people say Earth itself is the Mainfactor of Global Warming.
    Remember when Earth had its fucking long Ice Period?
    Same fucking thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm just waiting to see how Chinese will spin this to make it look like it's all Japan's fault.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Or thta it is totally natural and healthy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 04/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It's ok, it's all kush smoke! :D"

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    lets not forget about the fallout from Fukushima which already reach west coast

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why in the honest hell isn't China retiring its absurd number of coal-fired power plants and going nuclear?

    There are sub-reactors available by GE that have no moving parts, cost $25 mil that can power 50,000 homes for a year with a little fuel. Just slap that shit in place, connect it to existing grids, smog problem solved, green city envy of the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 02/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, nuclear power and China sounds like a REALLY great combination ... NOT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 03/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there really somebody stupid enough to give China access to Nuclear Power so that they can just nuke the damn Earth already?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah right. because it is like China doesn't have access to Nuclear Power already??





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