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China’s Shanghai announces new measures to curb pollution

Published on Jan 15, 2014 9:28 PM
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The financial district of Pudong is seen on a hazy day in Shanghai, on Jan 21, 2013. China’s commercial capital, Shanghai, introduced emergency measures to tackle air pollution on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014, allowing it to shut schools and order cars off the road in the case of severe smog, Xinhua state news agency said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s commercial capital, Shanghai, introduced emergency measures to tackle air pollution on Wednesday, allowing it to shut schools and order cars off the road in the case of severe smog, Xinhua state news agency said.

Shanghai was blanketed with record levels of smog last month, while air in the usually more polluted capital, Beijing, was relatively clear. The government warned children and the elderly in Shanghai to stay at home on some days.

Xinhua said that Shanghai reviewed and approved the “special emergency pollution plan” on Wednesday.

China regularly issues directives to tackle pollution in major cities, but efforts so far to clean the air have failed.

 
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