Less than a week after a cold front cleared out some particularly noxious particles in the skies above China’s capital, Beijing has issued yet another orange alert for smog.
The city’s air pollution reached year-high levels early last week with thick smog that shrouded landmarks and horrified the world during a global conference on climate change in Paris attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Under the orange weather alert mechanism, industrial plants are required to reduce or shut down production; construction sites should stop the transportation of materials and waste while heavy-duty trucks are banned from the roads. Those who don’t comply will be strictly punished, this time.
People’s Daily reports that this latest batch of smog isn’t predicted to be as toxic as the last, and certainly won’t require raising the threat level to the dreaded “red alert.” Schools are required to keep students indoors from Monday to Wednesday, when the smog is once again predicted to be dispersed.
Of course, while Beijing makes most of the headlines, it isn’t the only locality suffering from China’s typically terrible winter air. Here are some lovely pictures of Anhui yesterday:
And from the streets of Zhejiang where visibility is listed at a generous 50 meters:
Of course, this time we know how to fight back. Everyone, grab your industrial vacuum cleaners!
[Images via China News & NetEase]