Beijing residents told to stay inside amid soaring smog levels

Beijing residents told to stay inside amid soaring smog levels

PanARMENIAN.Net - Beijing has issued an orange alert and has urged residents to stay indoors because of heavy smog which has covered the capital. This is the highest-level smog alert so far this year, and the warning level is second only to ‘red’ in terms of its severity, RT reports.

The orange alert was issued a day after the level of small particles (so called PM 2.5 particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less) reached 274 micrograms per cubic meter. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers only 25 micrograms to be a safe level.

The particle level fell below 200 on Sunday, November 29 but was still considerably higher than that which is deemed safe.

Beijing has recommended that residents minimize outdoor activities. People with respiratory diseases as well as the elderly have been urged to stay at home. Under the orange alert, industrial plants must reduce production, construction sites should stop and the usage of large trucks is banned.

According to the municipal weather center, the smog is likely to remain for two more days because of humidity and a lack of wind. On Wednesday, a cold front is going to improve the environmental situation in Beijing.

Environmental issues are very pertinent in China, which produces most of its electricity by burning coal, making it the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter.

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