Beijing pollution prompts second day of warnings to stay indoors
Two young kids play the finger-guessing game near cooling towers and chimneys discharing smoke at a coal-fired power plant in heavy smog in Luoyang city, central Chinas Henan province, 25 Decemebr 2013. Beijing residents were warned to stay indoors for a second day due to severe pollution as northern China remained cloaked in smog. Air quality indexes in the cities of Shijiazhuang, Handan, Xingtai and Hengshui in Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, and XiAn in Shaanxi province, had reached the maximum of 500 at 11:00 a.m., data from the China National Environment Monitoring Center showed. At this severe level, the worst of six on the governments scale, the young, elderly and ill should stay inside, and others should avoid outdoor activities. With environmental concerns now a main cause of social unrest, Chinese authorities are seeking to cut coal use and the
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