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  1. 1. Smog Thick Enough to Cancel Flights Hits Beijing – ABCNewsDangerously high pollution levels shrouded Beijing in smog Tuesday for the second time inabout two weeks Tuesday, forcing airlines to cancel flights because of poor visibility andprompting the city government to warn residents to stay indoors.The outlines of buildings in the capital receded into a white mist as pedestrians donned facemasks to guard against the thick, caustic air. The U.S. Embassy reported a level of PM2.5 — oneof the worst pollutants — at 526 micrograms per cubic meter, or “beyond index,” and more than20 times higher than World Health Organization safety levels over a 24-hour period.The Beijing city government advised residents to stay indoors as much as possible because thepollution was “severe.” It said that because there was no wind, the smog probably would notdissipate quickly.Visibility was less than 100 meters (109 yards) in some areas of eastern China, the officialXinhua News Agency reported. Air China cancelled 14 domestic flights in or out of the Beijingairport, and an airport in the eastern city of Qingdao was closed, cancelling 20 flights.The disruptions came in the first week of the country’s peak, six-week period for travel, linkedto the Feb. 10 Lunar New Year. Every year, China’s transport system bursts at the seams astens of millions of people travel for the holiday, in the world’s largest seasonal migration ofpeople.Celebrity real estate developer Pan Shiyi, who has previously pushed for cities to publish moredetailed air quality data, called Tuesday for a “Clean Air Act” and said he would use his statusas a delegate to the National People’s Congress to propose such legislation.In less than three hours, his post was forwarded more than 2,300 times and received 14,184votes, with 99.1 percent in favor.Beijing also had exceptionally high pollution two weeks ago, with the U.S. Embassy readings ofPM2.5 reaching as high as 886 micrograms per cubic meter.———— 1/2
  2. 2. AP researcher Flora Ji contributed to this report. Source Article from http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pollution-off-index-chinas-capital-18340626 Waddywood.com Smog Thick Enough to Cancel Flights Hits Beijing – ABC News 2/2Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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