People in China cannot breathe, and they are getting tired of trying to mask it. One newlywed couple, in an act of protest, took their wedding portraits outdoors.
Donning a face mask with a now-gray stained wedding dress, the bride holds her husband, breathing through a gas mask, in a morbidly polluted embrace.
When the air is so thick that children are told to stay indoors, city dwellers can no longer see skyscrapers and face masks are out of stock. Taking wedding photos outside is a beautiful and desperate attempt to get the world's attention.
Beijing's insanely high rate of pollution is billowing at over nine times the safe breathing level. The World Health Organization has recently declared it a health crisis.
This couple's wedding album reveals just how bad China's air pollution is:
Bride Zhang Xinyu and groom Bai Beibei decided to take their wedding portraits outside, facing the hazardous smog to protest the abysmal air quality.
The level of toxic particles is so bad that simply taking in a deep breath can send the particles into a person's blood stream.
China's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter, scientists say. A nuclear winter describes the environmental impacts of detonating — yes, you thought right — a nuclear bomb.
China's choking smog is causing asthma and other chronic conditions. One hospital in Southwest China opened a "smog clinic" in 2013.
One man recently sued the Chinese government, demanding the environmental protection agency "perform its duty to control air pollution according to the law."
Residents of Beijing have been posting images on social media of a muted sun behind grey skies. Some of the city's largest skyscrapers aren't fully visible.
The Chinese government may be investing $81 million(500 million yuan) to study smog pollution, its effects and enacting measures to reduce it. The plan includes the constructing a large "smog lab."