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Toxic smog hangs over large swath of China but many ignore threat
Toxic smog hangs over large swath of China but many ignore threat

BEIJING – To mask or not to mask -- that is still a question. A huge swath of northeast China -- more than 10% of the country’s landmass -- is again engulfed in toxic smog. Beijing’s air quality index, as measured by the U.S. Embassy, hit “hazardous” territory for a sixth day running Tuesday. No relief is expected in the capital until at least Thursday. The murky gray haze cut visibility on roads, reduced the sun to a faint, moon-like tangerine orb in the sky and prompted the city to issue an “orange alert” -- one step away from the most serious level, red. About 150 industrial companies have either halted or curbed production to cut down on emissions, Beijing has dispatched tanker...

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