Pollution twelve times as high as is considered safe has led Beijing officials to issue a red alert. Half of all cars have been ordered off the roads and factories have stopped production. But some find a silver lining in the cloud of smog.
Although air quality improved across China in 2017, in cities like Beijing, pollution masks aren't going out of style just yet.
Plans to rapidly cut coal use in China have been halted after households were left without heat. But air quality appears to have improved, despite the setback.
A five-day smog red alert has been declared across several cities in northern China, including the capital, Beijing. Authorities ordered factories to shut or cut output to stem hazardous air particle levels.
As a five-day "red alert" continues across northern China, roads have been closed, flights have been cancelled and hospital visits have spiked due to the thick smog. Forecasters have warned that the worst is yet to come.
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