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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Pollution in China so Bad that Sun Rays Can't Reach Solar Panels

By Bobak - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,
By Bobak - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

It's no secret that China has some of the worst air pollution in the world.

High levels of air pollution in China's cities have caused to 350,000-400,000 premature deaths.

China has made some improvements in environmental protection during recent years.

According to the World Bank, 'China is one of a few countries in the world that have been rapidly increasing its forest cover.

A new study reports that the pollution is so bad that the rays from the sun cannot reach solar panels. This has caused a decrease in solar electricity rates by about 15%.

Ironically, the solar panels were installed to help reduce smog.


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