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Pilots can no longer fly to Beijing unless they’re qualified to land in smog

The heavy smog that's settled upon China has wreaked havoc across the country this winter, keeping people indoors, forcing cars off the roads and managing to shut down entire cities. In September, the Chinese government pledged to start cutting coal consumption, promising clear air in the worst areas by 2017. With the concentration of dangerous particles in the air already much higher than deemed safe for human health, that's a long time to wait.

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