High levels of pollution are forcing mainland China to act. Today, schools are keeping children inside and factories and construction sites were told to reduce work as the Chinese capital Beijing was blanketed in thick, choking smog.
The world's second-largest economy has further reduced its pace of growth, with factory output missing analysts' expectations. More companies were closed as the government kept fighting industrial pollution.
The US has ruled that tool chests imported from China have been subsidized and is slapping anti-subsidy duties on them. Trump’s tough stance on the Chinese appears to be kicking in, despite warmer words for Beijing.
A blanket of thick smog carrying harmful particulate matter has engulfed large parts of northern India and Pakistan. Hospitals in the region are witnessing a huge spike in patients suffering from respiratory problems.
The Indian capital is covered in a blanket of thick smog as the concentration of harmful particulate matter in the air reached hazardous levels. Local officials have asked schools to remain shut until Sunday.
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