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Beijing creates environmental police to battle pollution

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2017

The Times of India, Beijing, Jan 2017:Chinese authorities have announced a new environmental police squad to combat pollution in Beijing that will crackdown on activities like open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and biomass burning, even as the capital breathed easy today after reeling under week-long heavy smog. Clear sky greeted the over 21-million people of the city over the weekend, prompting many to rush outdoors to enjoy the blue and sunny conditions. People with children, who had been cloistered indoors for the week, took to parks and streets for the first time since the beginning of this year.Beijing lifted its orange alert for air pollution last night and emergency measures such as vehicle restrictions and the suspension of factory production ended while construction work recommenced. Beijing has a four-tier alert system for pollution, with red the highest, followed by orange, yellow and blue. The orange alert means the air quality index is forecast to exceed 200 for three consecutive days.

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