Beijing pollution problem worsens, 2nd red alert in two weeks
Beijing is facing the worst air pollution and this is the reason that authorities have warned of heavy fog in the coming days. This is the second red alert in second week and shows how bad the condition has become here.
Authorities in China have asked people to be careful of choking smog arriving over the weekend on Friday. Officials suggest that the Beijing will be the worst hit during this period.
Air pollution and smog issue is no stranger to Beijing. The Chinese capital has for many years suffered from serious air pollution. Primary sources of pollutants include exhaust emission from Beijing’s more than five million motor vehicles, coal burning in neighbouring regions, dust storms from the north and local construction dust. A particularly severe smog engulfed the city for weeks in early 2013, elevating public awareness to unprecedented levels and prompting the government to roll out emergency measures
In the meantime the National Meteorological Center while predicting very severe air pollution issue said that the smog would stretch from Xian, across part of central China, through Beijing and up into Shenyang and Harbin in China’s frigid northeast. The smog will last for days and NMC said that the pollution is expected to begin appearing on Saturday evening and last until Tuesday, with visibility in the worst affected areas such as Beijing likely to fall to less than 0.6 miles, it said.
It must be noted that the pollution problem is going up pretty fast. The first ever red alert on air pollution was sounded last week and now another red alert. Beijing officials issued the first red alert last week, which was the second time this month that notoriously polluted Beijing experienced a prolonged bout of smog, sending PM2.5 levels in the suburbs as high as 976 micrograms. Beijing was also shrouded in persistent smog for most of November, when power demand soared due to unusually cold weather.