Beijing issues first pollution red alert as smog engulfs capital

Written by on December 7, 2015

Schools in Beijing, China’s capital, are to close while outdoor construction would stop after the issuance of its first “red alert” over smog levels.7427ea2109fc12db4c8622
The red alert is the highest possible, and has not been used in the city before, the state-run Xinhua news agency says.
Authorities expect more than three consecutive days of severe smog. Cars with odd and even number plates will be banned from driving on some days.
The alert comes as China, the world’s largest polluter, takes part in talks on carbon emissions in Paris.
Current pollution levels in Beijing are actually lower than last week’s, but the red alert has been placed because of levels expected over the coming days.
China’s CCTV news channel reported at the weekend that some parts of Beijing had visibility of only two hundred meters.

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