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Beijing school builds dome to tackle air pollution
The International School of Beijing builds a dome for students to do exercises on smoggy days. Photos: CNN
To tackle the "orange-alert" smog that chocked Beijing for seven days recently, local schools have come up with their own solutions to protect their teenagers from severe pollution.
The Middle School Affiliated with Peking University in Haidian district suspended classes for two days, advising students to stay indoors and download study tasks from the school’s online platform, regardless of orders from the education commission that demanded it resume classes.
The International School of Beijing in the suburban Shunyi district has taken to shielding their young charges from the city's air as the next logical step. At a cost of $5 million, the school has constructed two domes that enclose the entirety of its outdoor areas, allowing students to play and exercise year-round, regardless of how smoggy life is outside the enclosure. While it is a costly solution, other schools, alongside sports facilities and even wealthy individuals are placing orders. Until the skies clear, life in the bubble seems surprisingly good.

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