by Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 24 October 2013

No this isn’t the foggy town of Silent Hill. That fog also isn’t fog; it’s smog. Welcome to the northern city of Harbin, China, home to 11 million people. In the past days, school has been cancelled, the airport has been closed, and certain bus routes have been suspended due to the city’s serious smog problem.

The air pollution here is 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health organization.

China has had a long standing problem with pollution. The thick and heavy smog has greatly affected the economy as well as the respiratory health of its citizens. The government has even announced it would give millions in rewards to regions that could successfully lessen air pollution levels.

Suddenly, it doesn’t seem so bad to take a bike, instead of a car, to work tomorrow.

Via Huffington Post