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Air Pollution Alert Takes Effect in Beijing

Schoolchildren in Beijing stayed home and commuters exchanged their cars for public transportation as the Chinese capital's first-ever red alert for pollution took effect.  Residents wore protective masks as they walked through the thick haze of gray smog that shrouded Beijing's skyline.  "I have been in Beijing for 20 years now, and before, it did not use to be like this. Before, there were only a few cars on the road but now, look, there are more and more....

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