Beijing issues red alert for smog

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Residents in northern China have been told stay indoors after air pollution in Beijing and neighboring regions rose to hazardous levels.

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BEIJING, CHINA – Beijing’s city government issued its first “red alert” for pollution Monday, ordering schools to close, halting outdoor construction and restricting car use.

Beijing’s Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau warns that severe pollution will cover the Chinese capital in about 24 hours’ time, lasting for more than three days.

Cars with odd and even license plate numbers will be banned from driving on alternative days.

Pollution levels on Monday were lower than last week’s, but the red alert was issued in anticipation of worsening conditions to hit in the next few days.

The order was expected to last from 7 a.m. local time Tuesday morning in China until Thursday when a cold front is expected to clear the smog.

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