Pollution in the Phillipines
April 01, 2003
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.