Beijing hit by new air pollution crisis as huge sandstorm blows in

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Dozens of flights are reported cancelled and residents urged to stay indoors to avoid breathing in dangerous particles
A putrid, nicotine-shaded mist loomed over Beijing on Thursday after a massive sandstorm slammed into the Chinese capital bringing the latest “airpocalypse” to this smog-choked city.
Dozens of flights were reportedly cancelled at Beijing’s airport, the world’s second busiest, and authorities urged residents to stay indoors after levels of PM10, a tiny inhalable particle linked to a variety of lung complaints, soared to above 2,000 micrograms per cubic metre. Continue reading…