10 Jan '12, 4am

More than 150 flights to and from Beijing cancelled or delayed after 'off the scale' smog shrouds city

More than 150 flights to and from Beijing cancelled or delayed after 'off the scale' smog shrouds city

Workers stand atop a building under construction on a hazy morning in Beijing Jan 10, 2012. More than 150 flights to and from Beijing were cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as a thick cloud of acrid smog shrouded the city. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING (AFP) - More than 150 flights to and from Beijing were cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as a thick cloud of acrid smog shrouded the city, with US figures saying the pollution was so bad it was off the scale. The national meteorological centre said the Chinese capital had been hit by thick fog that reduced visibility to as little as 200m in some parts of the city, while official data judged air quality to be 'good'. But the US embassy, which has its own pollution measuring system, said on its Twitter feed that the concentration of the smallest, most dangerous particles in the air was 'beyond index' for most of the morning. The US sy...

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