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Smog Debate Stirs as Beijing Holds Off on Red Alert

For nearly a week, the Chinese capital, Beijing, and a large swath of the northeastern part of the country have been blanketed by a thick, seemingly immovable veil of smog. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the situation should be seen as a crisis.  The Chinese government, however, has been taking a low-key approach to what some residents say is the worst smog they have ever experienced.   While many Beijing residents were avoiding China’s smoggy air this week and staying...

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