A visitor stretches her arms as she looks over the Forbidden City through severe haze in Beijing Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing's murky skyline on Sunday as the capital's air quality went off the index.

A visitor stretches her arms as she looks over the Forbidden City through severe haze in Beijing Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing's murky skyline on Sunday as the capital's air quality went off the index.

Air pollution across China is forcing authorities to cancel flights, close highways and suspend work at some factories. Guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR and his guests explore the cost of growth in China.

Guests

  • Alex Wang expert of Chinese environmental law at The University of California, Berkeley
  • Yanzhong Huang senior fellow for global health, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Jennifer Turner Director, China Environment Forum, The Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Kenneth Lieberthal senior fellow and director of the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings Institution. He's co-author of "Barack Obama: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy."

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