Beijing issues second smog “red alert”
Published: December 19, 2015 1:10 pm
19 December 2015, Nirapad News: Beijing authorities have issued a second pollution “red alert”, little more than a week after its first ever such warning.
The Chinese capital will endure dense smog from Saturday until Tuesday, the Beijing Meteorological Service said, reports the BBC.
The National Meteorological Centre said a wide area from Xian in central China to Harbin in the northeast would also be affected.
The alert triggers restrictions on vehicle use, factories and building.
The government has promised to crack down on often hazardous levels of pollution around the country.
The current four-level alert system was instituted a about two years ago, although the red alert had never been issued until this month, to disbelief and criticism from some of those that have been affected for years.
Coal-powered industries and heating systems – in heavy use during the cold Beijing winter – are major contributors to the smog, which is made worse by weather conditions and the city’s geography.
Beijing is bordered to the south and east by industrial areas that generate pollution, and to the north and west by mountains that trap it over the city.
China still depends on coal for more than 60% of its power, despite big investments in renewable energy sources.
Earlier this month China was part of the landmark Paris climate change agreement, that set a course for China, and the world, to move away from fossil fuels in the long term.