A woman uses an air filtration system to protect herself from smog in China.

A woman uses an air filtration system to protect herself from smog in China.

Image credit: Kevin Frayer / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

A high-tech solution to China's smog problem

2 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save
    Image credit: Kevin Frayer / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

    Sponsored Links

    China's heavy dependence on fossil fuels has led to it producing almost a third of the world's CO2 emissions. As well being a contributor to global climate change, burning combustibles like coal has led to the country's infamous smog problems. This smog contains fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that can cause serious health issues. PM2.5 has become a serious concern for many Chinese citizens, so much so that a market for high-tech personal filtration tech has begun to take off.

    The image was taken by Canadian photojournalist Kevin Frayer. It shows a lady using a Mini Lung-Pro, a 190 yuan ($29) gadget that pushes air through a HEPA filter, up a tube, and directly into a face mask. It's said to filter out PM2.5 while not giving the "breathless" feeling a regular 3M mask does after extended periods of use. In the series' description, Frayer notes that "China's government has publicly set 2030 as a deadline to reach the country's emissions peak, and data suggest the country's coal consumption is already in decline."

    The photo is from an arresting series titled China's Coal Dependence A Challenge For Climate, which placed second in the 2016 Sony Photography Awards' Professional / Contemporary Issues category. (Frayer actually won the Environment category for another series).

    The Big Picture is a recurring feature highlighting beautiful images that tell big stories. We explore topics as large as our planet, or as small as a single life, as affected by or seen through the lens of technology.

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Comment
    Comments
    Share
    2 Shares
    Share
    Tweet
    Share
    Save

    Popular on Engadget

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    View
    Pocket Casts will give existing desktop customers Plus for life

    Pocket Casts will give existing desktop customers Plus for life

    View
    Verizon will bring its 5G network to NYC on September 26th

    Verizon will bring its 5G network to NYC on September 26th

    View
    Switch Lite review: The best way to play on the go

    Switch Lite review: The best way to play on the go

    View
    Amazon plans to hit Paris climate change goals 10 years early

    Amazon plans to hit Paris climate change goals 10 years early

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr