Air pol­lu­tion jumped to alarm­ing lev­els last month

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Re­cent spells of se­vere smog en­gulf­ing north­east­ern and north­ern re­gions of China con­trib­uted to Novem­ber’s alarm­ing rise in pol­lu­tion lev­els, ac­cord­ing to the na­tion’s top en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog.

Beijing saw its read­ings of PM2.5 haz­ardous par­tic­u­late mat­ter smaller than 2.5 mi­crons in di­am­e­ter soar to 118 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­ter on av­er­age in Novem­ber, a year-on-year in­crease of 39 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the monthly re­port re­leased by the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

The city saw four more days with heavy pol­lu­tion in Novem­ber com­pared with the same pe­riod last year, it said.

The min­istry said soaring coal consumption from heat­ing plants was the ma­jor rea­son for the se­vere smog. Ve­hi­cle ex­haust fumes also played a ma­jor role in wors­en­ing the pol­lu­tion on smoggy days, said Wang Yuesi, a re­searcher at the In­sti­tute of At­mo­spheric Physics of the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sci­ences.

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