China Needs a Breath of Fresh Air

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Shanghai at sunset, as seen from the observation deck of the Jin Mao tower. The sun has not actually dropped below the horizon yet, rather it has reached the smog line. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]
Shanghai at sunset, as seen from the observation deck of the Jin Mao tower. The sun has not actually dropped below the horizon yet, rather it has reached the smog line. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]

Students in Harbin, China got an unexpected long weekend in October. The extra days off weren’t holidays. They weren’t snow days, either. The schools closed because of smog.

Living in a fog

Eleven million people live in the northern China city. Some stayed home. Many others struggled to get to work...

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