(Yicai Global) Dec. 15 -- Air pollution rears its ugly head in China's capital once again. The Beijing Municipal Government will trigger a red alert for air pollution at 8.00 p.m. on Dec. 16.
The China National Environmental Monitoring Center forecasts that, during the Dec. 16-21 and Dec. 17-21 periods, Beijing will reach and exceed severe air pollution levels.
This is Beijing's first smog red alert in 2016.
Per the latest amended Emergency Response to Severe Air Pollution in Beijing, after a red alert is announced, cars with engines in the range of National Level III and above emission standards are allowed on streets based on normal daily odd-even license plate number restrictions, whereas light-duty gasoline vehicles within the range of National Level I and II emission standards are barred. Aside from the alternating daily odd-even license number restrictions, the number of government vehicles permitted on roadways will also fall by 30 percent.
Official weather forecasts see air quality gradually improving after the night of Dec. 21, whereupon the government will lift the alert based on real-time air quality monitoring and forecasting.
The China National Environmental Monitoring Center also advised that extensive smog will blanket the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and its environs in the six-day period after Dec. 16, with Dec. 18-19 to experience the worst pollution, and with Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Xingtai, Handan, Tangshan, and Langfang of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, and Dezhou, Shandong province, Puyang, Henan province, and Linfen, Shanxi province also likely to suffer.