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Beijing Issues Second-Ever Red Alert For Pollution

People cross a road on a polluted day in Beijing on December 14. Authorities issued the second red alert for smog this month today. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
People cross a road on a polluted day in Beijing on December 14. Authorities issued the second red alert for smog this month today. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million from tomorrow through Tuesday, prompting the city’s second-ever Red Alert for smog, a little more than a week after its first. Cars are being taken off the road, factories are closed and people are being told to stay indoors because of the warning.

Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt speaks with NPR’s Anthony Kuhn in the Chinese capital as it braces for the smog.

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