Pollution in the Phillipines

April 01, 2003


Provided by: Jennifer Lee Mendoza, UCSB
Summary authors & editors: Jennifer Lee Mendoza; Jim Foster

The above photo was taken this past November in the Philippines. The hazy nature of this picture isn't due to poor film or to a dirty lens, but rather to a particularly bad episode of air pollution. Ash and soot from wildfires as well as dust and other particulates were distributed over the most populous island in the Philippines, Luzon, by winds gusting in excess of 20 mph. Industry, automobiles and both natural and manmade fires have resulted in an increasing number of "unhealthy air" days in the Phillipines.

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