More Chinese cities issue their first red alerts for heavy smog after 2 in Beijing this month

December 24, 2015 4:30 AM

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BEIJING – More Chinese cities are issuing their first red alerts for pollution in response to forecasts of heavy smog after the capital, Beijing, issued two this month after coming in for criticism for not releasing them earlier.

Shandong province in eastern China issued alerts in four cities after warning that the density of particulate matter in the air would exceed high levels for more than 24 hours. Shandong environmental protection bureau said the alerts started Thursday morning.

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