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Smog returns to many cities in northern China

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Beijing: Many cities in northern China will face a smoggy weekend due to the windless weather, while smoke from firecrackers will worsen pollution in some areas, the national environmental authority said.

Air quality has started to decline in many northern regions, and will reach a low soon, especially in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Ministry of Environ­mental Protec­tion said.

Other regions, including in the south and northeast, will also be blanketed by smog, the ministry added.

At 6pm on 27 January, Lunar New Year’s Eve, only 19 of the 338 cities with regular air quality monitoring had hazardous levels of pollution.

However, at 2am on Saturday, after firecrackers had been set off that night, 183 cities had hazardous air pollution, among which 62 saw the air quality index reach its upper limit, the ministry said.

Source by: Internet

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