Beijing on pollution 'red alert', but smog not as severe as forecast

December 19, 2015 6:16 AM

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BEIJING China's capital Beijing was bracing for four days of choking smog starting Saturday, but residents said the haze was less severe than forecast, with some questioning why the government had issued its highest air pollution alert.

China had warned residents across a large part of its north on Friday to prepare for a wave of severe smog arriving over the weekend, the worst of which would hit Beijing, prompting the capital to issue its second ever "red alert".

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