2016-12-16. Beijing, Bracing for 5 Days of Heavy Pollution, Issues Red Alert.

posted Dec 20, 2016, 10:35 AM by Alan Gould

By Jane Perez, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: BEIJING — A thick layer of deep gray smog swept into Beijing on Friday afternoon, bringing what the authorities said would be five days of the worst air pollution in a year. The city issued its first red alert for air pollution of 2016, the most severe notice in a four-tier system, requiring schools to close and half of all privately owned cars to stay off the roads. ...The geography of Beijing makes it especially vulnerable to bad air. The city is bordered to the south and east by the coal-consuming industries that emit pollutants, and to the north and west by mountains that trap the emissions. Greenpeace urged the Chinese government to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy. “As Beijing braces for five days of serious air pollution, the culprits are in clear sight — coal-burning heavy industry,” said Dong Liansai, a Greenpeace campaigner....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/world/asia/beijing-air-pollution.html