Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre

Beijing chokes under ‘hazardous’ air pollution; red alert continues

Date of Release: 
Dec 8 2015

Half of private cars in smog-hit Beijing were today kept off the roads, with the Chinese capital enforced its first-ever red alert for pollution as air in the city of over 22 million people turned "hazardous" and schools and construction sites remained shut.

Beijing's air this morning turned from “very unhealthy” to “hazardous” as PM 2.5 — particulate matter with size equal to or less than 2.5 micron and the main gauge to identify pollutant particles in the air — touched 365 compared to yesterday's 256 level.

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