BEIJING'S AIR POLLUTION "HAZARDOUS"

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(0119 CR M10) BEIJING'S AIR POLLUTION "HAZARDOUS"DATELINE: Jan. 19, 2012LENGTH: 00:01:11CATEGORY: SOCIETYPKGINTROBeijing's air was rated as "hazardous" on Thursday, as north China was enveloped in fog for the fourth day.PKGThe rating comes even though the city continues to gauge air quality through the PM 10 measure ahead of its much-anticipated use of the more sensitive PM 2.5. HThe Beijing Meteorological Bureau said Thursday that the air in two districts has been rated "hazardous." It means particular matter over 500 micrometers in size was detected in each cubic meter of air.The bureau vowed earlier this month that it would apply the tighter PM 2.5 standard. The new standard will measure finer matter considered more hazardous to people's health, ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival which will start on Sunday.The Beijing Environmental Protection Monitoring Center said Thursday that the PM 10 data soared after Wednesday's evening rush hour. The average reading in the city Thursday w
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