More cities be­gin hourly pol­lu­tion re­ports

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Eighty-seven Chi­nese cities be­gan re­leas­ing hourly up­dates on air qual­ity start­ing on New Year’s Day, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber do­ing so to 161, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion said.

Data will be col­lected from 449 mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions across the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei area, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta.

The sta­tions

have

been up­graded to pro­vide real-time up­dates on lev­els of sul­fur diox­ide, carbon monox­ide and PM2.5 — par­ti­cles smaller than 2.5 mi­crons in di­am­e­ter that can dam­age the lungs — in ac­cor­dance with China’s im­proved air qual­ity stan­dards.

China has in­vested 440 mil­lion yuan ($72.6 mil­lion) to set up mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions, ac­cord­ing to the en­vi­ron­men­tal min­istry.

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