Imagine a place where the word “sky” doesn’t conjure the color blue but an ashy grey. No, such a place isn’t in another planet or the set of a dystopian sci-fi film. That place is present-day China, a country now living and breathing the harsh effects of dogged industrialization. In northern China, the heavy use of coal coupled with the ever-increasing population has led to an alarmingly extreme case of air pollution. It’s so extreme, in fact, that a person’s life expectancy in northern China is a full five years shorter than someone residing in southern China. As the size of the middle class continues to balloon, there is an insatiable need for cheap and easy energy. Quickly turning to oil and gasoline for fuel and coal for heat, the Chinese love affair with fossil fuels has plunged an astounding amount of people into an atmosphere ripe with danger.
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The Colossal Tides Of England’s Coast
In his Sea Change series, photographer Michael Marten captures the dynamism of landscapes and its effects on manmade structures as well as man in general. The original series was presented in diptych form, but to truly bring these changes to life Marten opted for a GIF format online. Says Marten, “I hope these photographs will increase awareness of natural change, of landscape as a dynamic process rather than a static image”. In our eyes, at least, Marten has accomplished these objectives. For more, be sure to visit My Modern Met.