April 15, 2014 | Nicola

I see the Earth as a big interconnected system, so this story didn't really surprise me... but I still find it shocking.

Researchers have found that local heavy air pollution in China and other Asian countries may have global effects on weather patterns. Using computer models, they found that pollution was blown towards the Pacific Ocean, where it made storms more intense.

It's frustrating that these international environmental issues are so difficult to control or resolve.

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Smog hanging over Hong Kong

Air pollution in Asia is a serious health concern - in some places it frequently reaches hazardous levels.

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