Bei­jing auto jams in­crease; en­vi­ron­ment crit­i­cized

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Bei­jing failed to meet its tar­gets for eas­ing road con­ges­tion in 2013, and the Chi­nese cap­i­tal fared poorly among 40 global cities on en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and gen­eral liv­ing suit­abil­ity.

Dur­ing rush hours on work­days last year, the aver­age du­ra­tion of traf­fic jams was one hour and 55 min­utes, a rise of 4.2 per­cent from the hourand-a-half recorded in 2012, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Bei­jing Com­mis­sion of Trans­port.

Bei­jing was “al­most un­fa­vor­able for hu­man liv­ing”, ac­cord­ing to a re­port that looked at global cities by the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, while Shang­hai could barely meet aver­age stan­dards of an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly city.

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