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Smog Shuts Down Chinese City

Choking clouds of pollution have virtually shut down the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, forcing schools to suspend classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport. Weather officials said on Monday that concentrations of tiny airborne particles considered the most harmful to health were about 40 times higher than what is considered safe by the World Health Organization. The official Xinhua news agency blamed the emergency on the first day of the heating being turned on in the city ...

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