Environmental authorities in Beijing say air quality has improved since the city issued its first two red smog alerts. But are such measures really tackling the country's notorious pollution?
Plans to rapidly cut coal use in China halted after households were left without heat. But air quality appears to have improved despite the setback.
As Trump's America takes a back seat over climate action, China is expected to take on a lead role in shaping global policies to tackle carbon emissions and promote renewables. Beijing's climate record, though, is mixed.
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.
Chinese authorities have ordered local meteorological bureaus to cease issuing smog alerts. The move has increased fears that that the government is trying to suppress information on the country's air pollution.
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