About 15% of China has been blanketed in dense smog for a week.
“Some government officials might worry that linking smog to agricultural production would prompt a panic. But there is no denying the sunlight that reaches Chinese soil has been dramatically reduced in recent years.” —MENG JIHUA, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Chinese scientists said on Feb. 25 that the country’s smog is likely inhibiting photosynthesis in plants, akin to a nuclear winter. A recent experiment by He Dongxian of the China Agricultural University found that plants took about three times as long to grow in a greenhouse in Beijing than under artificial light.
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