Air pollution is now the fourth biggest threat to health in China. Seth Doane shows how the country's smog problems are creating a market for a number of smaller-scale gimmicks.
Time-lapse footage showing the spread of pollution over the city of Beijing went viral on Chinese social media during the new-year holiday. Photo: YouTube/Chas Pope
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Various parts of China are enveloped in thick, white fog on Sunday.
In north China's Shanxi Province, haze and fog reduced visibility. Ten cities issued an alert to the severely polluted air. Construction sites and companies that produce pollution in urban areas have stopped operation. Drivers were required to drive alternate days according to the even- and odd-numbered license plates.
Beijing and some other parts of northern China are passing the first day of 2017 in smog on Sunday.
Heavy smog will sustain in parts of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province till Monday morning, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Due to the low visibility caused by the smog, several expressways in the affected areas have been closed, while urban traffic networks remain in smo
For the fourth day in a row, large sections of northeast China remain covered by a thick layer of smog considered hazardous to human health. Millions of people have been told to stay indoors, and most factories and schools have been shut. It comes as President Xi Jinping attends the opening of the UN Global Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
Celia Hatton reports.
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The Chinese government announced a long-term strategy to dramatically reduce chronic air pollution. But people are struggling to find short-term solutions to deal with the smog.
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Pollution in China has gotten so bad that there will be days when smog will blanket a city like an overpowering fog. This time-lapse footage shows what it looks like as a pollution cloud smothers Beijing.
Beijing is suffering through a week of dangerous air pollution levels. One man is taking the Chinese government to court because of all the smog. Seth Doane reports on the nation's pollution problems.
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