Bei­jing among most pol­luted cities this year

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS IN REVIEW -

Bei­jing was among the worst 10 cities in China for air qual­ity in July, the first time this year the cap­i­tal has dropped so low.

Only 35.5 per­cent of days in the month met the na­tional stan­dard, putting the cap­i­tal at 65th among the coun­try’s 74 ma­jor cities. Most of the pol­luted days reg­is­tered ex­ces­sive ozone con­cen­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion’s monthly air qual­ity re­port.

Ex­ces­sive con­cen­tra­tions of ozone can cause res­pi­ra­tory tract ir­ri­ta­tion, dam­age to the body’s im­mune sys­tem and af­fect lung func­tion. Health ex­perts strongly sug­gest that peo­ple stay in­doors around noon to avoid the worst of such pol­lu­tion.

Ex­cept for the higher ozone con­cen­tra­tion, the cap­i­tal has seen a year-on-year de­crease of other ma­jor air pol­lu­tants.

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