Smog persists across northern China

A policeman directing traffic in heavy smog in Anyang, Henan on December 20, 2013. Photo: CFP

Thick smog once again descended upon parts of northern China on Monday, with cities in Hebei, Henan and Shaanxi provinces posting off-the-charts air pollution readings.

Monday, 23 December, 2013, 12:35pm

Inland smog seen as warning for broader anti-smog measures on mainland China

Smog nation

The worsening air quality of inland cities should be a warning to policymakers that tough anti-smog measures need to be expanded beyond the traditional industrial centres, environmentalists said.

21 Dec 2013 - 7:18am 1 comment

Choking, toxic smog spreads across the nation to inland and coastal cities

Smog almost completely hides the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Photo: CFP

The mainland's notorious smog has spread from major city clusters around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to inland cities in central and western provinces and in the country's north.

21 Dec 2013 - 5:23am 11 comments

Sales of air purifiers and face masks leap on Taobao as China vanishes in smog

Residents wearing masks ride their electric bicycles on a street amid heavy haze in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters

Sales of air purifiers and face masks have gone through the roof in China as the country struggles with the worst smog so far this winter.

10 Dec 2013 - 4:45pm 2 comments

Schools in eastern China move flag-raising ceremonies indoors to avoid pollution

Students in an elementary school in Hangzhou hold flag-raising ceremony in classroom. Photo: Xinhua

A number of schools in eastern China have moved their routine flag-raising ceremonies into classrooms as students returned to school on Monday amid the most severe smog ever experienced by the region.

10 Dec 2013 - 4:03pm 1 comment

Shanghai's lofty goals a flight of fancy if key issues not fixed

The free-trade zone in Shanghai. Photo: Bloomberg

In a place where access to the internet is restricted, international flights fail to land freely, and, most importantly, local residents cannot even breathe freely, the government is building something new called a "free-trade zone" as part of Beijing's ambition to open up the economy wider and faster to lure foreign money.

9 Dec 2013 - 8:15am 3 comments

Strong winds blow away smog but bring sand to Beijing

Beijing residents cover up as they brave the air pollution - and later thick dust and sand - yesterday. Photo: AFP

Strong winds swept through Beijing yesterday and cleared the air of smog that had blanketed it on Saturday, only to bring sand.

20 May 2013 - 7:14am

The American doctor is in, to do a bird flu check-up

The American doctor is in, to do a bird flu check-up

Hong Kong is paid a visit by Dr Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor in the US. Other stories: Spotify, iPhone 5, smog and ArtWalk

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2013

Incinerators could be built at landfills. Photo: Bloomberg

In recent months we have heard a lot of discussion on the election of the chief executive by universal suffrage that was long on principles, ideals and passion but short on concrete details.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment

Beijing has 'relatively poor air quality' says environmental chief as air pollutants soar 30pc

Artist Matt Hope, wearing a helmet linked to his air filtration bike, rides past the China Central Television (CCTV) building on a hazy day in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Beijing's top environment official described the city's air quality as 'relatively poor' on Tuesday as statistics emerged revealing the level of major air pollutants in the city had soared by 30 per cent this year.

3 Apr 2013 - 1:03pm

Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

Surrounded by hills and plains, close to the Mongolian Plateau, Beijing suffers from extremes of temperature. Every year after the harsh, cold winter, the sandstorm from the Gobi desert invades the city as spring approaches. The entire city is covered in dust and turns grey, colouring human life.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am

Dust storms and smog revisit the streets of Beijing

Pedestrians shield their mouths as sand, dust and dry winds sweep Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Few words could better describe the weather in Beijing yesterday than the Chinese idiom "flying sand and rolling pebbles" as the capital city was gripped by its second smog-choked dust storm in less than 10 days.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Dust storm set to sweep through Beijing a day after smog

Hotel employees in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing is set to be hit by a dust storm today just 24 hours after being enveloped by smog, marking its second encounter with a combination of two different types of air pollution in less than two weeks.

9 Mar 2013 - 6:03pm 1 comment

Pollution from China triggers health alert in Japan's Kumamoto prefecture

Fukuoka on the southern main island of Kyushu. The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan. Photo: AFP

Officials in Kumamoto, on Kyushu island, said the air quality was likely to be substantially below national standards, amid warnings of health risks for the young and the sick. Of specific concern is the concentration of particulate matter 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter, which has been as high as 50 micrograms per cubic metre in Kyushu. The government safe limit is 35 micrograms.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:14am

Air-purifier makers capitalise on smog

Beijing's air quality reached a record low in January, but it was still only the ninth most polluted city on the mainland. Photo: Reuters

Blue sky days have become increasingly rare in cities in mainland China, but global air-purifier makers are seeing the bright side of the hazy conditions as concerns over air quality drive up demand.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:25am