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 have been shrouded in thick smog. This has prompted authorities to delay dozens of flights and close highways.
 
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau extended an "orange alert" Jan. 2 for 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 of 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 in the northern province of Hebei.
 
Expressways in Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital, and more than a half-dozen other cities there were temporarily closed. This was according to notices posted on the official microblog of the province's traffic police.
 
In the central city of Zhengzhou, authorities ordered students from kindergarten through high school 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 to check 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 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 has had a higher figure. It says 1.6 million.

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  • rmichael-dav
    1/05/2017 - 04:57 p.m.

    In response to "Smog delays flights in China," I agree that people should have flights delayed. One reason I agree is that the people flying can't see. Another reason is that they had to close schools. It says in the article "students from kindergarten through high school to stay home Jan. 3. The smog was too bad". A third reason is that air pollution was above 400 micro grams. It says in the article " The readings exceeded 400 on Jan. 2. Even though People think its just fog, I think
    That they should cancel flights.

  • sjulia-dav
    1/05/2017 - 05:05 p.m.

    In response to the article, I agree that the flights should be delayed, because of smog. One reason I agree is in the article is says "Those are the tiny, toxic particles that damage lung tissue". Another reason is in the article is says "This was due to poor visibility". It says in the article that "China has long faced some of the worst air pollution in the world. The smog is blamed on the country's reliance of coal for energy and factory production. In addition, the country has a surplus of older, less efficient cars". A third reason is it says in the article "Researchers at Germany's Max Planck institute have estimated that smog has led to 1.4 million premature deaths per year in China".

  • gmandy-dav
    1/05/2017 - 05:30 p.m.

    In response to "Smog delays flights in China," I agree that The smog delayed flights. One reason I agree is that it's very dangerous to fly a plane during this. Another reason is that it must be hard to see where your going. It says in the article Researchers at Germany's Max Planck institute have estimated that smog has led to 1.4 million premature deaths per year in China. Even though all the flights were canceled, I think
    it's a smart idea to cancel them so you'll be safe.

  • smatthew-dav
    1/05/2017 - 08:22 p.m.

    In response to this article, I agree that smog can be a major hasard for flights. One reason I think this is that it can impede the flight and not let the pilot see. Another reason is that it can be a danger to the passengers on the flight.

  • edrew-dav
    1/05/2017 - 09:28 p.m.

    In response to "Smog Delays Fligths In China," I agree that the smog was very bad for the planes to fly thourgh. One reason I agree is thatthe smog cannot just effect planes it can also cause to not having school. Another reason is that more than 300 flights out of the northern city of Tianjin were canceled . It says in the article Air pollution readings in northern Chinese cities were many times above the World Health Organization-designated safe level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5. Those are the tiny, toxic particles that damage lung tissue." A third reason is they shoutdown factries to try and stop the smog. In conclusion those three reasons give evidence to show how much smog can effect in every day life.

  • hcicily-dav
    1/18/2017 - 08:46 p.m.

    In response to, "Smog delays flights in China", I think it is critical for people to be careful when there is smog. Smog can damage your lungs and can lead to death. There is approximately 1.4 million premature deaths from smog. Students were even ordered to stay home from school because the smog was to dangerous. Also there were more than 300 flights that were cancelled due to the smog making it not visible to see clearly. The air pollution safe level is of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. The air pollution readings the day of the smog were going up to as high as 400. The smog is caused by coal, and factory production. This dangerous smog was a very big issue and hopefully there will be a way to prevent it.

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