Beijing Smog so Bad, Half Its Cars are Banned From Roads
You've probably heard that they have a serious air quality problem in Beijing, China. The situation has now become so bad that the city issued its first-ever red alert on Monday because the pollution has reached dangerous levels. This means half the cars in the capital must stay off the streets, outdoor construction is forbidden, and schools must close down. A red alert is issued only when the air-level hits 300 for three consecutive days. That rates Hazardous on a scale with a maxium rating of 500. RELATED: Paris Anti-Polution Car Ban Lasts Only One Day
Other cities have faced smog problems with Paris initiating one-day bans to reduce smog, but things are worse right now in Beijing. The red alert is expected to remain in place until at least Thursday putting quite a damper on the city's commerce.
According to Gizmodo, China is having lots of trouble lately with air quality. The city of Shenyang, about 400 miles northeast of Beijing, recently saw it's higheest pollution levels ever recorded. With only half the city's cars taking to the streets, getting anywhere in Beijing right now must be a nightmare.
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