Agreement signed to improve smog forecasting
The China Meteorological Administration and the Ministry of Environmental Protection signed a cooperation framework to strengthen forecasting during stretches of heavy pollution.
The framework said when weather conditions are likely to bring severe smog, the national weather and environment authorities will activate a joint discussion mechanism and issue air pollution alerts together.
China has been under heavy pressure to address the causes of air pollution as thick and hazardous smog has frequently engulfed the country since early this year.
The framework agreement is the latest measure taken after the publication in September of a detailed action plan to tackle air pollution. The plan said coal consumption will be cut and new industrial projects, such as power plants and steel mills in key cities and regions, including Beijing and the Yangtze River Delta, will be banned.