Sunday, January 13, 2013

China pollution results in factory closures, flight cancellations

A prolonged spell of air pollution across a large area of China has led to the cancellation of flights and sporting activities and the closure of highways, factories and construction sites.

From Beijing to Guiyang, 1,400 miles to the southwest, the thick soup of pollution led the Chinese government to urge people to "avoid outdoor activities," and Beijing education authorities to cancel school gym classes.

As an emergency measure, the Beijing Environmental Protection Ministry announced Sunday that factories and construction sites had agreed to reduce or stop work entirely until the air cleared up.

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-china-air-pollution-hits-record-levels-20130113,0,1115890.story