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As Poland chokes on smog, groups prepare complaint to EU

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — TV stations flash pollution alerts. People don masks for their morning jogs. Preschools stop taking children outside to play. As smog across coal-addicted Poland hits crisis levels, four environmental groups announced Friday that they are preparing a complaint to the European Union accusing Poland of violating …

Smog pushes Beijing residents to innovate for the world

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing residents concerned about breathing the capital’s thick gray air are adapting, inventing and even creating businesses to protect the health of their families and others. Some of their efforts could help people around the world. Already this year, the smog-shrouded capital has suffered particularly hazardous bouts …

Choked by smog, Beijing creates new environmental police

BEIJING (AP) — Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad in the latest effort to fight China’s persistent problems with heavy smog. According to state media, Beijing’s acting mayor said Saturday that the new police force will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and the burning of …

China starts 2017 engulfed by smog, issues pollution alerts

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and other cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick smog Monday, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close highways. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau extended an “orange alert” for heavy air pollution for three more days. Beijing’s smog had initially …

China restricts cars, factories amid latest smog alert

BEIJING (AP) — China’s capital and other northern cities have banned half of all vehicles from city streets and ordered factories, schools and construction sites closed in response to a five-day smog red alert. The emergency steps enacted Friday night significantly reduced traffic in Beijing on Saturday, although it wasn’t …