A second red alert for pollution level issued in China

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Residents are encouraged to stay indoors. Coal-powered industries and heating systems – in heavy use during the cold Beijing winter – are major contributors to the smog, which is made worse by weather conditions and the city’s geography. The capital Beijing and the nearby city Shijiazhuang will be the more affected being bordered to the south and east by industrial areas that generate pollution, and to the north and west by mountains that trap it over the city. The particles from the air are a threat for people’s health being small enough to reach the lungs or, in the smallest cases, to cross into the bloodstream as well.

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