Though we all know that pollution—whether caused by something as obtrusive as a towering smokestack or ubiquitous as an abandoned soda bottle—is a bad thing, not all of us find it easy to visualize the toll it’s actually taking on our planet.
There is perhaps no better evidence of the dangers of pollution than China’s largest cities. While these pictures will never fully do justice to the horrendous conditions there, they’re a haunting glimpse of what it looks like when we push our planet to its limit.
These are pretty depressing to look at. It’s as important as ever that we remember that we only have this one planet, so it’s high time we started taking care of her.
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