Beijing Issues Air Pollution Red Alert for the First Time

  • City raises alarm with pollution less severe than last week
  • The alert is effective from 7 a.m. Dec. 8 to noon Dec. 10

Beijing smog on Dec. 1, 2015.

Photographer: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing issued its most severe smog warning for Tuesday -- the first time the municipal government has issued a so-called red pollution alert -- after acrid-smelling haze returned to the Chinese capital.

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