Beijing issues pollution alert ahead of three days of heavy smog
BEIJING, Feb 20 (Reuters) - China's capital Beijing issued
an emergency pollution alert for the first time on Thursday,
sites to control dust given a forecast of heavy smog over the
next three days.
Pollution is an increasing concern for China's leaders, keen
to douse potential unrest as affluent city dwellers turn against
a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has tainted much of
the country's air, water and soil.
Severe pollution in Beijing has made it "barely suitable"
for living, according to an official report published earlier
this month, and despite numerous measures aimed at improving air
quality in recent years, Beijing still regularly suffers from
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said
on its website it had issued a Yellow alert - the first use of a
colour-coded warning system unveiled last October.
The warning, the second most serious in the four-colour
system, came even as readings of PM2.5 particles, especially bad