Agree­ment signed to im­prove smog fore­cast­ing

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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.

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