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Shoot: Coal Dust Storms in China

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The sand storms originate in the arid and semi-arid areas of northwest China and Central Asia. Strong winds carry sand and dust into the north and east of China, damaging the health of both people and livestock, and hurting industrial and agricultural production.

Coal ash that has been dumped in disposal sites without first being properly handled is easily whipped up into the atmosphere by strong winds, mixing into dust storm and traveling thousands of kilometres. But even more worrying is that this coal ash contains a high concentration of heavy metals and other toxic pollutants, including arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury. The presence of coal ash has transformed the physical and chemical composition of dust storms which now pose a serious threat to people’s health.
Children in a Village in China
13 Mar, 2011
Children in a Village in China
Herder During a Storm in China
13 Mar, 2011
Herder During a Storm in China
Herder During a Storm in China
13 Mar, 2011
Herder During a Storm in China
Herd of Cows in China
13 Mar, 2011
Herd of Cows in China
Coal Ash in a Home in China
13 Mar, 2011
Coal Ash in a Home in China
Herds of Sheep in China
12 Mar, 2011
Herds of Sheep in China
Villager Shows Coal Dust in China
10 Mar, 2011
Villager Shows Coal Dust in China
Open Air Coal Mine in China
9 Mar, 2011
Open Air Coal Mine in China
Coal Ash Disposal in China
8 Mar, 2011
Coal Ash Disposal in China
Coal Ash Disposal in China
8 Mar, 2011
Coal Ash Disposal in China
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