Friday, September 05, 2008

Asia pollutants: A 10 bil. pound problem for US

Cheap clothes and toys aren't the only things Asia is sending to the United States. Our consumption helps fuel 10 billion pounds of airborne pollution which settles across our country, reports McClatchy (by way of SlashDot). To make matters worse -- about 400 percent worse -- some Chinese officials expect pollution from their country to quadruple over the next 15 years.

This is especially bad news if you live in the NorthWest. Much of the Asian soot, heavy metals, pesticides, PCBs, mercury, greenhouse gases and other nasties drift through a corridor stretching from Northern California to British Columbia.

Some scientists suggest, "Asian pollution could destabilize weather patterns across the North Pacific, mask the effects of global warming, reduce rainfall in the American West and compromise efforts to meet air-pollution standards."

No word on how much pollution the US sends around the world in this report. But Pound360 has a pretty good idea that whatever the Pacific Northwest is getting is nowhere near what it's delivering.

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