Progress in air cleaning despite continuing problems
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.