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?
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.
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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