• Beijing lifts smog red alert


    BEIJING: Beijing prepared to lift its first-ever red alert for smog Thurs-day, as blue skies and sunshine replaced the thick haze that covered the city for days. The Chinese capital put its air pollution emergency plan into action earlier this week, pulling half of all private vehicles off the streets from Tuesday, ordering many factories to close and recommending that some schools allow students to remain home. The red alert, the highest tier of a four-color warning system, came as heavy smog flooded the city for the second time in as many weeks. The unprecedented move followed scathing public criticism aimed at the city’s weak response to last week’s thick haze, which saw pollution skyrocket to levels unseen in years.



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