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January 2017: China Issues First-Ever Smog Red Alert

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China Issues First-Ever Smog Red Alert
Image of a man wearing a smog mask in Beijing, China
On Jan. 3, 2017, China issues its first-ever nationwide red alert for smog. A chronic problem, air pollution gets so bad in Beijing and other cities across northern and central China that authorities are forced to delay flights and close highways. Twenty-four cities are currently on red alert for smog, while an additional 21 are on orange alert.
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