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    China sandstorm leaves Beijing shrouded in orange dust

    China sandstorm leaves Beijing shrouded in orange dust



    Beijing's Tiananmen Square was shrouded in orange dust


    Beijing has been shrouded in orange dust as a strong sandstorm blew hundreds of miles from drought-struck northern China to the nation's capital.

    In Tiananmen Square, clouds of dust obscured monuments, while visitors wore masks to avoid the dust and soil in windy conditions.

    A level five pollution warning was issued in the hazardous conditions, and people were urged to stay indoors.

    The storm also hit Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei.

    On Saturday it had spread over an area of 810,000 sq km with a population of 250 million, official news agency Xinhua reported.

    In the 35 hours up to 1100 on Saturday (0300 GMT), 270 million people in an area of 1.8 million sq km had been affected, it said.

    Saturday's storm was expected to last until Monday, the meteorological agency said in a statement on its website.

    Sandstorms are common during spring in the dry north as temperatures rise and clouds of dust are stirred up and blown across China, to South Korea and Japan and even as far as the US, AFP news agency reported.



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    That stuff blows all the way into S. Korea and all the way to the south . A real menace for the vulnerable .

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    China will rule the world! If they don't choke to death first. They might have to intensify their quest for lebensraum.

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    Nature has an ideal model for them:
    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_EmKMxsXnuHQ/Sm...aranka+015.JPG

    China is so fucked...
    Pulitzer Center Untold Stories: China's Growing Sands
    ...unfortunately, it's fuckedness is likely to fuck up it's neighbours and perhaps the rest of us if it lashes out to avoid implosion.

    Thailand too, if they're not careful; population's been growing consistently for decades, and Isaan doesn't seem to be getting any wetter...
    Properties and Management of Drylands - Maps (Asia)
    Water Wars Erupt As Mekong Runs Dry And Temperatures To Hit 43C (109F) - Thailand Forum
    Now that the Gone Jerk are mucking about with the upper Mekong with their damn dams.

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    ...unfortunately, it's fuckedness is likely to fuck up it's neighbours and perhaps the rest of us if it lashes out to avoid implosion.
    And there is the real danger to us all. China is threatened with implosion on many fronts, exacerbated by the party's desperation to hang on to the reins of a runaway horse. If things go wrong badly, there'd seemingly be no limits to what they may do to hang on, and the nationalism card will be tops. Someone mentioned lebensraum....

    Interesting times....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Nature has an ideal model for them:
    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_EmKMxsXnuHQ/Sm...aranka+015.JPG

    China is so fucked...
    Pulitzer Center Untold Stories: China's Growing Sands
    ...unfortunately, it's fuckedness is likely to fuck up it's neighbours and perhaps the rest of us if it lashes out to avoid implosion.

    Thailand too, if they're not careful; population's been growing consistently for decades, and Isaan doesn't seem to be getting any wetter...
    Properties and Management of Drylands - Maps (Asia)
    Water Wars Erupt As Mekong Runs Dry And Temperatures To Hit 43C (109F) - Thailand Forum
    Now that the Gone Jerk are mucking about with the upper Mekong with their damn dams.
    The map at Properties and Management of Drylands - Maps (Asia) Some parts of it are no surprise, but kind of surprised at the bad shape the PI is in. In many normally dry areas, like Isaan, deep drilling allowed prehistoric reservoirs to be tapped into, but once those deep wells dry up they take hundreds or thousands of years to refill.
    “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.” Dorothy Parker

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