Most cities fail to meet air-quality standards
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.