Beijing Engulfed in Heavy Smog

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Heavy smog envelops Beijing

BEIJING – ENVIRONMENT – The capital of China, Beijing has remained under a heavy blanket of smog. This is a continual problem for Beijing, and has gotten worse over the past decade as more cars, and more industry continue to develop.

China is one of the worlds largest users of coal and fossil fuels, and many experts are highly concerned over the impact on the global environment of Chinese industry.

Thick smog has continued to envelop Beijing on Friday (October 10), keeping the Chinese capital on the country’s second-highest air pollution level for a second day.

Beijing raised its pollution alert from yellow to orange – the second-highest of a four-tier warning system – on Thursday (October 9) afternoon. The orange level advises schools and kindergartens to cancel outside sports classes, but falls short of ordering schools to close and keeping government vehicles off the road, provisions which come into force with the “red” level.

The capital has been shrouded in smoky, white smog since Tuesday (October 7), prompting the authorities to issue a yellow alert on Wednesday (October 8).

Data from the U.S. embassy put levels of PM2.5 particles, those measuring less than 2.5 micrometers across and the most noxious form of air pollution, at 332 as of 10 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Friday.VIDEO by Reuters