AIR pollution readings in China’s notoriously polluted capital were at dangerously high levels for the second straight day Saturday, reported Huffington Post this week.
Local officials warned people to stay indoors and said that the severe pollution in Beijing — reportedly the worst since the local government began collecting data a year ago — was likely to continue until Tuesday.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its website that the density of PM2.5 particulates had reached 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city, a level considered extremely hazardous.
According to the report, the air quality data are the worst in Beijing since the municipal government began to track PM2.5 early last year, said Zhou Rong of the environmental organization Green Peace.
Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country’s rapid pace of industrialization, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in car ownership and disregard to environmental laws.
In Beijing, authorities have blamed foggy conditions and a lack of wind for the high concentration of air pollutants.
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