Ma­jor pol­lu­tants ex­pected to drop in 5 to 10 years

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Emis­sions of ma­jor air pol­lu­tants in China are ex­pected to begin to decline in five to 10 years as part of a re­duc­tion in to­tal emis­sions, but more time will be needed for the en­vi­ron­ment to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove, a re­cent study con­cluded.

How­ever, the emis­sions decline does not mean pol­lu­tion will im­me­di­ately end or even sig­nif­i­cantly decline, it said.

Volatile or­ganic pol­lu­tant emis­sions are ex­pected to climb and reach their high point by 2020, when am­mo­nia and lead emis­sions into the air will also peak, ac­cord­ing to re­search by the Re­search In­sti­tute of Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Volatile or­ganic pol­lu­tants, some of which are harm­ful to health, are a va­ri­ety of chem­i­cals emit­ted as gases from cer­tain solids or liq­uids. They are a ma­jor air pol­lu­tant with an emis­sion cap in Bei­jing.

The emis­sion peaks will come sooner than pre­vi­ously thought “be­cause of the com­bined ef­fects of slower eco­nomic growth, op­ti­miza­tion of industrial struc­ture and the strict con­trol mea­sures in curb­ing pol­lu­tion in the coun­try,” said Chen Jian­peng, one of the writ­ers of the study, ac­cord­ing to the Peo­ple’s Daily re­port.

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