A man wearing a face mask rides his bicycle along an empty street in Beijing, which has been shrouded in heavy smog this week. Photo: AFP

China’s capital shrouded in air pollution despite reduced emissions from coronavirus economic slowdown

  • Beijing’s air quality index hit very unhealthy levels this week as local atmospheric conditions trapped pollution in the city
  • Spike in poor air quality comes despite lower emissions from industry and vehicles due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak
Topic |   Beijing air pollution

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A man wearing a face mask rides his bicycle along an empty street in Beijing, which has been shrouded in heavy smog this week. Photo: AFP
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Orange Wang

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.