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    Beijing Air Quality Worst on Record

    Skyscrapers are obscure by heavy haze in Beijing, China, January 13, 2013.
    Skyscrapers are obscure by heavy haze in Beijing, China, January 13, 2013.
    VOA News
    Beijing is under an extreme smog warning Sunday, with pollution at hazardous levels for a third day, and people warned to stay indoors.

    The municipal environment warning center issued an alert Saturday in China's capital, advising the elderly, children and those suffering respiratory or cardiovascular illness to avoid going out or doing strenuous exercise.

    The center said Sunday that particulates small enough to deeply penetrate lungs were at nearly four times the level considered safe.  The readings were called the worst on record.

    China's official state-run Xinhua news agency predicted that the pollution could last another three days.

    Meanwhile, fog covering vast areas of eastern and central China has closed numerous highways and delayed flights in several provinces.

    International organizations say China's air quality is among the worst in the world because of massive coal consumption and car-choked city streets.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: budlydoright from: Houston Texas, U.S.A.
    January 13, 2013 12:33 PM
    Aahhh It would appear those Kyoto Accords are working just planned.

    by: Tourist from: central New York
    January 13, 2013 11:54 AM
    It's like it's the 70's in America what with the unregulated industry and cars. Now, all they need is Micky D's to be transported into the 80's.

    by: Christopher from: USA
    January 13, 2013 10:47 AM
    There is no such thing as "clean coal." China looks like London circa 1880. Hopefully, they will stop using coal before an entire generation of people are harmed by this pollution.

    by: pmc123 from: Ohio
    January 13, 2013 8:09 AM
    Ahhhh what republicans want for America as well...
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    by: KhanTiger from: NJ
    January 13, 2013 6:25 PM
    Cute. Politicize everything.

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