Smog delays flights in China A star is twinkling above a pedestrian wearing a mask silhouetted against the city skyline shrouded in heavy smog in Beijing Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Beijing and other cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick smog Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close highways. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Smog delays flights in China
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Beijing and other cities across northern and central China recently have been shrouded in smog. This has prompted authorities to delay dozens of flights. Some highways also have been closed.
 
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau extended an "orange alert" Jan. 2. The bureau predicted heavy air pollution for three more days. Beijing's smog had initially been forecast to lift by then.
 
The "orange alert" is the third level. That precedes a "red alert" in China's four-tiered warning system. On Jan. 1, 25 cities in China issued "red alerts" for smog. The alerts trigger orders to close factories, schools and construction sites.
 
Air pollution readings in northern Chinese cities were many times above the World Health Organization-designated safe level. That number is 25 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5. Those are the tiny, toxic particles that damage lung tissue. The readings exceeded 400 on Jan. 2 in several cities. These were in the northern province of Hebei.
 
Expressways in Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital, and more than a half-dozen other cities there were temporarily closed.
 
In the central city of Zhengzhou, authorities ordered students to stay home Jan. 3. The smog was too bad.
 
More than 300 flights out of the northern city of Tianjin were canceled Jan. 1. This was due to poor visibility.
 
Authorities have deployed teams of inspectors. They are checking on polluting factories, reports said.
 
China has long faced some of the worst air pollution in the world. The smog is blamed on the country's reliance of coal. It is used for energy and factory production. In addition, the country has a surplus of older, less efficient cars.
 
Researchers at Germany's Max Planck institute have estimated that smog has led to 1.4 million premature deaths per year in China. The nonprofit group Berkeley Earth in California uses a higher figure. It says 1.6 million.

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Why is smog a bigger issue in China than the U.S.?
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COMMENTS (49)
  • brittaniw-smi
    1/05/2017 - 07:56 a.m.

    Smog is a bigger issue in China then the US because it's air pollution was way above the World Health Organization-designated safe area.

  • clarkm-sch
    1/05/2017 - 09:48 a.m.

    Smog is a bigger issue in China because more people live there and that means they have more pollution and more factories.

  • jadenr1-har
    1/05/2017 - 10:53 a.m.

    It is smog a bigger issue in China because there are more cites.Most people go to china not USA that's a reason people smog.It can be because of the people that sell it.form the factors and the plane and the train.

  • isabellab3-bur
    1/05/2017 - 11:26 a.m.

    Apparently because in China they have too many coal factories along with many gasoline powered cars. Not to mention China is the #1 country for producing goods. If China's economy falls so does the world's. So, it is in their best interest to get this smog under control or there WILL be massive consequences.

  • angelax-bur
    1/05/2017 - 11:30 a.m.

    Smog is a bigger issue in China than the U.S because the people in China have less efficient tools and rely on coal. The burning of this fossil fuel for centuries resulted in the smog. China also have less efficient cars than the U.S. ("China has long faced some of the worst air pollution in the world. The smog is blamed on the country's reliance of coal. It is used for energy and factory production. In addition, the country has a surplus of older, less efficient cars.") I went to China before, but the smog wasn't that bad since I went to Fuzhou,China (southern part of China) it was pretty nice!! I think that the smog is probably in the capital of China (Beijing).

  • hayleel-ste
    1/05/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    This can not be safe at all, I feel bad for all that have to suffer through it. But especially the people trying to fly because it is right after the holidays family members are trying to get home.

  • jacklynt-ste
    1/05/2017 - 09:00 p.m.

    Smog is just as dangerous as ice or snow. I can see why they would delay all these flights. Being safe is more important then getting to your destination.

  • jemimahp-bur
    1/06/2017 - 10:22 a.m.

    The reason why smog is a bigger issue in China than the US is because the population is larger than the US and that means more pollution. I've never been in a situation where I had to face smog, however, I do feel sorry for the residents in China.

  • garrettb-bru
    1/06/2017 - 12:43 p.m.

    According to the article "smog delays flights in china" smog is a bigger problem in china than the us.In the text it states there are more factorys and a bigger population and a different culture. More people = more polution more factorys = more polution.

  • masonm1-bru
    1/06/2017 - 12:44 p.m.

    According to the articale "Smog delays flights in China"smog is a bigger problem in China than the U.S.Based on the text,it states that China has more smog than the U.S. because there are more factorys in China then America.For example there are way more of factorys in China then in America.Finally, I know that smog is a bigger deal in China than in America because more factorys equal more pollution.

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