Most cities fail to meet air-qual­ity stan­dards

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Nearly 90 per­cent of China’s big cities failed to meet air qual­ity stan­dards in 2014.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion said eight of the 74 cities it mon­i­tors man­aged to meet na­tional stan­dards in 2014 on a se­ries of pol­lu­tion mea­sures such as PM2.5, which is a read­ing of par­ti­cles found in the air, car­bon monox­ide and ozone.

China said last year it would “de­clare war on pol­lu­tion” and it has started to elim­i­nate sub­stan­dard industrial ca­pac­ity and re­duce coal con­sump­tion.

Bei­jing is not among the 10 Chi­nese cities with the worst air qual­ity or among the 10 Chi­nese cities with the best air qual­ity.

Of the 10 worst-per­form­ing cities in 2014, seven were in the heavy industrial prov­ince of He­bei, which sur­rounds Bei­jing, the min­istry said.

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