Sandstorm and Pollution Turn Beijing Sky Orange

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A sandstorm has combined with already high air pollution to turn the sky over Beijing an eerie orange. Air quality indexes recorded a “hazardous” 999 rating in Beijing as commuters traveled to work through the thick, dark air across China’s capital and further west.

Large-scale deforestation is considered a factor in the spring dust storms that are relatively common at this time of year and are usually attributed to winds blowing across the Gobi desert Beijing skies turn orange as sandstorm and pollution send readings off the scale.

DG Correspondent

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