It’s bleak in Beijing, where residents are ordered to stay indoors due to suffocating smog levels.
Air pollution in the Chinese capital is so bad that visibility has in some places fallen to less than several hundred yards.
Residents are forced to wear masks over their mouths as the thick fog engulfs skyscrapers and makes them almost invisible to the human eye.
An “orange level” alert was issued by authorities Sunday. It’s the city’s highest smog warning of the year so far, according to the BBC.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported the level of the poisonous, tiny articles of PM2.5 in the air as being at 391 micrograms per cubic meter at noon Sunday.
It’s more than 15 times greater than the World Health Organization’s safe level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter.