China urges public to walk, ride bikes to help cut smog

The list of eight standards, published on the environment ministry`s website ( on Wednesday, urged citizens to refrain from burning garbage, and limit the use of fireworks and barbecues. 

China to take 6 mn vehicles off roads to ease pollution

Smog-hit China plans to remove 6 million vehicles that do not meet emission standards off the roads this year, in a bid to reduce air pollution in the world`s largest auto market.

Roof tile coating that can clear smog

Researchers have now developed an innovative roof tile coating to fight against air pollution.

London smog forces British PM Cameron to skip jog

The thick blanket of smog caused by dust from Africa`s Sahara desert that is engulfing the city of London today even forced British Prime Minister David Cameron to cancel his daily morning jog.

China to test new smog-busting drone

As China grapples to contain recurring smog, its scientists claimed to have developed a drone which will help to clear the polluted skies.

China to `declare war` on pollution, premier says

China is to "declare war" on pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament, with the government unveiling detailed measures to tackle what has become a hot-button social issue.

Chinese breathe a little easy in Beijing

Millions of people breathed easy on Thursday in the Chinese capital after a strong cold front swept away heavily polluted smog that had covered a vast part of the country and was described as an environmental crisis by the WHO.

China smog drives masks out of stock

China`s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week.

China`s president braves smog, takes a stroll in old quarter

Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised Beijing residents by visiting traditional courtyard homes and chatting near a shopping street on Tuesday, drawing praise from social media for mixing in public during a bad bout of smog.

Chinese man becomes first to sue government over smog: Newspaper

A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Several Chinese cities reel under smog

Smog continued to blanket China`s north and central regions for the third day today, prompting the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) to issue a yellow alert for air pollution.

Heavy smog alert for Beijing as pollution levels goes high

Chinese capital has issued a yellow alert for heavy air pollution over the next three days, with children and the elderly being advised to stay indoors.

China smog makes capital "barely suitable" for life: Report

Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital "barely suitable" for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world`s largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth.

Delhi says air `not as bad` as Beijing after smog scrutiny

India`s air monitoring centre denied that pollution in New Delhi was worse than in Beijing, following scrutiny of the Indian capital`s winter smog, which shrouds the city each year.

China smog fears spur call for ban on New Year fireworks

Warnings of heavy smog over central and eastern China this week have prompted the country`s weather forecaster to call for a ban on the fireworks traditionally let off at Lunar New Year, state media said on Wednesday.

Dangerous pollution hits Beijing

China`s capital was shrouded in dangerous smog on Thursday, cutting visibility down to a few hundred metres as a count of small particulate pollution reached more than 25 times recommended levels.

Shanghai schools to shut down on heavy pollution days

Schools in China`s Shanghai city have been directed to shut down during heavily polluted days.

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

In Sydney, the fireworks will be launched from four sails of Sydney Opera House for the first time in more than a decade.

China tells pilots to improve landing skills to deal with Beijing smog

Chinese media frequently reports fights, attacks on airport and airline workers and passengers storming aircraft in response to delays and the poor way they are handled.

Smog at extremely hazardous levels in Shanghai

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction today as China`s financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution.