If you read recent studies regarding air pollution in China, some would say so. It’s no news that China is one of those countries that suffers the most from air pollution. Walking through Hong Kong on a sunny day might actually not be so sunny, thanks to the thick smog. Foreigners often mistake the smog for a cloudy or misty day, when it’s in fact pollution that’s blocking out the sun.

But how does dust play a role in all of this? Well as researches have recently found out, dusts actually helps block out some of the solar radiation. The radiation from the sun is what’s causing a shift in our climate. If there’s a lot of it hitting the earth at once, wind speeds are reduced, which in turn creates large accumulations of air pollution.

Researches have found that lowered dust levels is the cause for the 13% increase in deaths in China related to air pollution.

What China will do to combat this issue is still unclear. One might argue that there’s actually not a lot to do, since manipulating dust from the deserts is almost impossible. “Right now all we can do is to watch our country get destroyed” said one terrified citizen of Hong Kong.

And we agree, it’s a shame that there’s nothing we can do to stop this. While China could affect their air quality by putting limits on cars and other vehicles using fossil fuels, there’s little to no chance of that happening the coming years.