Photo Of Man Walking His Dog Is What The Future Looks Like For All Of Us
It seems like an everyday image: A man out walking his dog.
A man and his dog, both wearing masks, walk along a small alley on a hazy day in Beijing, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Legal Evening/Liu Chang
Except for one thing: Both human and nonhuman animals are donning masks so that they can breathe.
The image, from 2014, was shot in China's capital city, Beijing, on a day when the city raised its four-tiered air pollution alert system to "orange," according to Reuters.
Since then, people have discovered that air pollution in Beijing is even worse than they originally thought - breathing the air there is tantamount to smoking 40 cigarettes a day, a study released this year says.
You may have never seen anything like this image before - but you surely will in the future.
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