China Issues First Red Alert In Beijing For Pollution

Posted: Dec 7 2015, 7:52am CST | by , Updated: Dec 7 2015, 7:59am CST, in News | Latest Science News

China issues Red Alert in Beijing for Pollution
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The capital city of Beijing has been put on Red Alert for Pollution due to an oncoming layer of smog

The capital of the world’s most populated country and the highest pollution producing one too, Beijing has been put on red alert for pollution in motion from Tuesday morning.

The red alert is sanctioned to last from 07:00 a.m. at local time on Tuesday until 12:00 on Thursday. A cold front is expected to arrive and clear the smog. Authorities are expecting more than three consecutive days of severe smog.

The air pollution monitor reported that the intensity of the poisonous, tiny particles of PM 2.5 were 10 times above the recommended limit. The monitor is operated by the US Embassy in Beijing. T

he levels of pollutants in Beijing reached more than 256 micrograms per cubic meter in some of the worst-affected areas. Last week, activists from Greenpeace urged the Chinese government to declare a red alert as it had in the Chinese city of Nanjing, in December 2013. The red alert comes after the orange alert in the city on November 30th.

According to correspondents, the Chinese officials had been unwilling to commit to hard targets on reducing carbon emissions. They have now come to realize that their dependence on fossil fuels has to stop.

The red alert from Tuesday morning will imply that half of Beijing's private cars will be ordered off the road. They will be operated with an odd-even number plate system in force.

Meanwhile 30 per cent of government vehicles have also been garaged. Kindergarten, junior and middle schools will remain closed during this time. High-polluting factories and construction sites will have to cease operations as well.

According to BBC, Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau said on its verified social media account, with fireworks and barbecues also banned.

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