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Beijing’s acting mayor said the city will take 180,000 old vehicles off the road and replace coal- burning heaters in 44,000 homes in a bid to cut air pollutants by 2 percent this year.

The capital will also promote clean-energy vehicles among government departments, the public, street cleaners and trash collectors, the Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday, citing top city official Wang Anshun. He spoke at the opening of the municipality’s legislative session.

The city had ordered government vehicles off the roads as part of an emergency response to record pollution that hit the city earlier this month. At 4 a.m. today, a sensor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing showed that levels of PM2.5, the fine airborne particulates that pose the greatest health risks, had risen to 441. The World Health Organization recommends 24-hour exposure to PM2.5 levels no higher than 25.

The official Beijing government reading along a road near Tiananmen Square was 258 at 4 a.m., which it rates as “heavily polluted,” according to a city government Website.

Beijing also plans to reduce coal consumption by 1.4 million tonnes and emissions of volatile organic compounds by 8,000 tonnes, as well as closing some 450 heavily polluting plants, the Xinhua report added, citing municipal authorities it didn’t identify.

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Author: Nobuyoshi Ozaki

A long forty six years have passed since I stepped on to American soil. I have had various odd jobs in the past until I recently retired. Examples include working with Steven Spielberg as assistant director in a film called "1941." I was supervisor and later became Public Relation representative for Toyota Group - USA. My last occupation was a Senior Research analyst working in Silicone Valley for a major news paper from Tokyo, Japan. My spouse, Christine is a flight attendant, traveling often to the Middle East and Africa. We have spent three quarters of our life together as world adventurers. This photo was taken in Argentina. We now live in swampy Louisiana.