Via the South China Morning Post: Smog returns to blanket Beijing. Excerpt:
Beijing was once again blanketed in smog yesterday, with the capital's authorities warning that the air pollution will last until at least Thursday and that people should take precautions when venturing outside.
The environmental authorities issued a "yellow" smog alert at 3pm, advising adults to put on facemasks and recommending that children and the elderly reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors. The United States embassy's air quality index passed over 300 at about noon, a level deemed "hazardous" to health. Readings at monitoring stations in the city centre were between 250 and 300 in the afternoon, meaning the air was officially classified as "heavily polluted".
Forecasters said the air pollution would probably get worse on Wednesday and Thursday as no wind or rain was forecast to disperse the smog.
As od 10:00 p.m. Tuesday Beijing time, the Air Quality Index was at 207 (very unhealthy).