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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Beijing air pollution

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. 

Political will needed to beat pollution

Political will needed to beat pollution

The mainland has proved that its choking smog is more than just a meteorological hazard during winter.

Sunday, 21 December, 2014, 7:22am

Beijing hints at harsher curbs on private cars to ease air pollution

After the Olympics, Beijing implemented a controversial new rule that barred one-fifth of the city's private vehicles from the roads on weekdays, according to the last number on their licence plates. Photo: EPA

Beijing officials appear to be building a case for a long-term policy on restricting the use of private cars to alleviate the city’s notorious air pollution.

18 Dec 2014 - 11:00pm

Beijing again shrouded in smog after brief respite

Pedestrians wear masks to protect themselves as heavy smog returns to the capital. Photo: AP

Heavy smog returned to the capital yesterday, with the air pollution reading at the US embassy hitting 429 in the late afternoon, up from 173 the day before.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:29am 6 comments

Beijing considers permanent odd-even ban on vehicles after success of 'Apec blue'

A general view of the Forbidden City when pollution in Beijing reached "hazardous" level. Photo: EPA

Beijing will discuss the feasibility of permanently banning vehicles from the roads on alternating days based on their number plates, after a relatively successful test drive.

27 Nov 2014 - 7:30pm 1 comment

Smog alert continues for Beijing after brief weekend respite

Clouds surround buildings in Ji county in Tianjin at sunrise yesterday. Weather conditions are expected to worsen air quality in the municipality today. Photo: Xinhua

Smog is expected to again choke Beijing this week after a brief respite brought on by a cold front, the authorities have warned.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:10am 1 comment

High smog alert likely as pollution goes off the charts in Beijing, Hebei

A man in a mask walks in smoggy Shenyang, Liaoning province, where the pollution index was a hazardous 303 last night. Photo: Xinhua

Only one thing will be clear in Beijing this weekend - and it won't be the skies. More smog is on the way after pollution exceeded the maximum reading on the Air Quality Index in parts of the capital and 10 Hebei cities on Thursday and yesterday.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am 5 comments

Hazardous smog coats Beijing, as plan emerges for ‘wind tunnels’ to combat the problem

Smog blankets the capital. Planners hope 'wind corridors' could help to disperse the pollution. Photo: Kyodo

Six “urban wind passages” are to be created in Beijing to help cool the capital and disperse its notorious smog – which remains at hazardous levels this morning following a code yellow warning on Thursday.

21 Nov 2014 - 2:12pm 1 comment

How Beijing's new French school aims to beat the smog

Sketch of school. Photo: Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Ferrier Production

The French International School in Beijing has announced an ambitious anti-smog design for its new campus, which is due to be completed by the end of next year.

20 Nov 2014 - 4:11am

Farewell to 'Apec blue' as smog returns to Beijing following summit

Heavy traffic clogs the roads in Beijing during rush hour on Wednesday morning beneath polluted skies. Photo: AP

Beijing issued its first yellow pollution alert since the Apec summit when the capital was choked in thick smog today.

20 Nov 2014 - 12:14pm

Smog to blanket capital this week after brief return of 'Apec blue'

Stringent anti-pollution measures cleared the skies over Beijing for the Apec summit but smog is now set to return this week. Photo: Kyodo

The capital will be blanketed by smog again until Thursday – after “Apec blue” returned on Sunday, forecasters have warned.

18 Nov 2014 - 1:04pm

Smoggy skies replace 'Apec blue' in Beijing after pollution curbs end

A rare blue sky in Beijing on November 9, due to the Chinese government's imposition of restrictions on road traffic and plant operations for the Apec summit. Photo: Kyodo

Beijing's stunning but temporary clear skies finally gave way to choking smog yesterday, despite President Xi Jinping's pledge to preserve 'Apec blue'.

17 Nov 2014 - 7:16pm 5 comments

Nation counting the cost of Beijing's expensive Apec makeover

Counting the cost of Beijing's expensive Apec makeover

Beijing has often made headlines because of its pollution or traffic congestion. The government's scrambling effort to prevent such an embarrassing scenario occurring during the Apec forum was the talk of the town last week.

16 Nov 2014 - 6:16am 4 comments

Extreme Apec measures reveal Beijing's lack of self-confidence

To clear roads and streets for its Apec guests, the government simply decided to limit private transport of local residents.

What does being a host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit really mean for China? My short answer - it's all about "face", or what we call "mianzi" in Chinese.

10 Nov 2014 - 1:11pm 5 comments

Beijing bans grieving relatives burning their loved ones' clothes to clear skies for Apec

Beijing is battling to keep the Apec venue, Yanqi Lake, clear from smog despite its proximity to the capital. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing authorities have banned people from burning the clothes of dead relatives – a traditional funeral rite to ensure they can dress in the afterlife – as an anti-pollution measure for the upcoming Apec international summit, state-run media said on Tuesday.

10 Nov 2014 - 1:20pm

Beijing's short-term fixes fail to address real causes of pollution

Environmental experts believe that repeated use of temporary measures to lift smog for political reasons may do more harm than good to the mainland's pledge to clean up its air pollution. Photo: Reuters

Having attracted unwelcome global coverage for hosting an international marathon in toxic haze last month, mainland leaders will be less than pleased if the capital is again shrouded in smog when it hosts the Apec summit.

4 Nov 2014 - 1:01pm 6 comments