Via Shanghai Daily: Anger at Beijing inaction as smog shrouds capital. Excerpt:
Heavy smog in Beijing lasting for days has triggered public criticism over the city government’s inaction.
At 8pm yesterday, the air quality index (AQI) at monitoring stations in the capital’s downtown areas read between 342 and 414 and was rated at Level 6, the highest level, indicating hazardous pollution, according to the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Center’s website.
Late on Saturday, the business channel of China Central Television questioned why the government failed to initiate an emergency response under such smoggy weather.
“Beijing city government, don’t pretend to be blind in the fog,” the channel said via its account on Weibo.com. “The government should not shun its responsibility or turn a blind eye to the smog.”
The channel tweeted twice on the matter in five minutes, and the post had been forwarded thousands of times as of yesterday morning.
Beijing was not the only region facing the suffocating air yesterday. The National Meteorological Center issued a yellow alert at 6am, forecasting medium to serious haze in Beijing, the nearby city of Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Shanxi and Shaanxi.
As of midnight Tuesday, Beijing's AQI has dropped to a mere 124 (unhealthy for sensitive groups).