China issues RED ALERT amid severe air pollution

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China has already announced its first environmental red alert of 2017, as heavy smog encroached upon the capital and its surroundings. A time-lapse video catches a thick yellow plume of smog creeping into and covering Beijing’s downtown in a haze.

China has triggered its highest level alarm as the first smog of 2017 hits Beijing. The newest red alert has been raised in parts of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as well as in the provinces of Henan, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu, state news agency Xinhua reported.

A total of 24 cities are currently on red alert for smog, while an additional 21, including Beijing and Tianjin, are on the less severe, orange alert.

The warning comes just days after it lifted its first red alert of 2016.

Meanwhile, Chas Pope, a British expat in China, has captured a thick yellow plume of smog creeping into and covering Beijing’s downtown in a haze. (PNA/Sputnik)

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