Progress in air clean­ing de­spite con­tin­u­ing prob­lems

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

About 80 per­cent of China’s 367 ci­ties with real-time air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties failed to reach na­tional stan­dards on small-par­ti­cle pol­lu­tion in the first three quar­ters of the year, a re­port by the global en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion Green­peace said. Even so, most of the ci­ties have re­duced the con­cen­tra­tion of fine mat­ter.

The Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion, which has seen fre­quent smog since 2013, ramped up ef­forts this year to rein in emis­sions and brought a clear re­duc­tion in PM2.5 pol­lu­tion in the first nine months.

The Green­peace re­port said it re­lied on data from the China Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Mon­i­tor­ing Cen­ter, which up­dates air qual­ity data hourly on ma­jor air pol­lu­tants like con­cen­tra­tions of PM2.5, PM10 and sul­fur diox­ide in the 367 ci­ties.

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