THE TELEGRAPH – Children kept indoors as smog blankets Beijing

By Neil Connor, and Claire Lomas

4:57PM GMT 01 Dec 2015

Workplaces closed and schools allow children to stay at home on another day of heavy pollution in Beijing.

Hundreds of factories were shutdown by authorities and children were allowed to miss school on the third day of a heavy bout of pollution which shrouded Beijing, as China takes centre stage at the Paris climate change talks.

Education officials took the rare move of allowing children to stay at home as a thick blanket of smog, that was more than 25 times above health guidelines, covered a large swathe of northern China.

Video: Children kept indoors as smog blankets Beijing – Telegraph

The worst episode of smog to hit the Chinese capital this year began on Friday but was declared an ‘orange alert’ on Sunday, which forces factories and construction sites to shut down.

Levels of dangerous tiny particles known as PM 2.5, which can embed themselves deep in the lungs, reached 634 micrograms per cubic metre at 2pm – far exceeding the World Health Organization safe level of 25.

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