Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog


BEIJING: Beijing on Sunday issued its highest-level smog alert this year and urged residents to stay indoors as dangerous air pollution continued to cloak swathes of northern China. China’s capital issued an “orange” alert hours after levels of PM2.5 — particles that can penetrate deeply into the lungs — reached more than 15 times recommended levels. The US embassy in Beijing on Saturday reported PM2.5 levels at more than 390 micrograms per cubic meter. Under the orange alert — the city’s second highest — industrial plants must reduce production while large trucks are banned from the roads.



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