Conflict & Justice

Beijing Residents Struggle to Cope with Off-the-Charts Air Pollution

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The scene in Beijing, where the pollution index at the US Embassy reached the astonishing level of 755. (Photo: Chas Pope/Flickr)

Off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing has affected all residents of the Chinese capital in recent days, including The World's Mary Kay Magistad. She speaks with anchor Jeb Sharp about what life in Beijing is like when the air becomes unbreathable.

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*UPDATE: A previous version this report included incorrect dates for the photographs of the CCTV Headquarters building. The correct dates are now reflected in the photo captions. We regret the error.
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    This was taken exactly 24 hours after the previous photo. The air pollution was still visible, varying between 300 and 450, but a slight improvement over the previous day's 700+ figures. (Photo: Chas Pope/Flickr)

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    The CCTV Headquarters building in Beijing, Jan. 12, 2013. (Photo: Chas Pope/Flickr)