Bacteria live in China’s thick smogs and may be making it even worse

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    Bacteria live in China’s thick smogs and may be making it even worse
    Bacteria have been discovered thriving in Beijing's smog

    Bacteria are thriving in Beijing’s smog

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    By Michael Marshall

    Bacteria are feeding and multiplying in the severe smogs that regularly blanket Chinese cities. The microorganisms could pose a threat in themselves and may also change the composition of the haze.

    China’s capital Beijing is regularly smothered in a thick, toxic haze that forms as a result of coal burning, vehicle exhausts and other sources. It is worst in winter, when weather patterns trap pollution over the city. China has cracked down on emitters, and in 2018 emissions fell 12 per cent, but there …

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