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Beijing Smog Hits Record Low on Shutdown Measures Before Parade

Date of Release: 
Aug 26 2015

Smog levels in Beijing hit a record low after the government closed factories and limited traffic in advance of a parade marking the World War II victory over Japan.

The average level of PM2.5 -- the tiny particulates that pose the greatest threat to human health -- fell to 19.5 micrograms from August 20-24, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said Tuesday. Pollution had never been that low over five days in the three years the bureau has been publicly announcing the records.

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