Thick smog has been covering China's capital for a week. The US Embassy in Beijing says the pollution levels are ten times what would be considered unsafe. (Feb. 26)
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Beijing - 26 February, 2014
1. Wide of people walking near Forbidden City shrouded in smog
2. Mid Forbidden City
3. Close of Huang Wei, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace China, wearing mask and testing air quality
4. Wide, Huang Wei near subway stop
5. Mid, Huang Wei walking, wearing mask
6. Mid, women near Forbidden City gate singing, one wearing mask
7. Wide, woman with mask stretching on playground equipment
8. Close, woman with mask
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Huang Wei, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace China: (transcript below)
Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province
9. Wide, field
10. Wide, man on motorcycle on rural road
BEIJING IS DEALING WITH A SEVENTH STRAIGHT DAY OF EXTREMELY HEAVY SMOG.
A RARE SMOG ALERT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE LAST WEEK, WHILE RESIDENTS ARE WEARING MASKS OUTDOORS.
THE THICK SMOG HAS BEEN HIDING MUCH OF BEIJING'S SKYLINE, AND THE CITY'S 147 INDUSTRIAL PLANTS HAVE CUT PRODUCTION.
ON WEDNESDAY, THE U-S EMBASSY IN BEIJING SAID THE AIR QUALITY INDEX MEASURED 541.
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS THAT'S MORE THAN TEN TIMES THE POLUTION LEVEL IT TAKES FOR THE AIR TO BE UNSAFE.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED.
SOUNDBITE (English) Huang Wei, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace China:
"I think on behalf of many of the parents, they're worried about their kids' health. And this pollution has been lasted for over seven days.
CHINESE FORECASTERS EXPECT PRECEPITATION TO HELP CLEAR UP THE PROBLEM ON WEDNESDAY.
ROBERT BUMSTED, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.