Air qual­ity im­proved in 2016 for most cities

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

More Chi­nese cities saw bet­ter air qual­ity last year be­cause of mea­sures to con­trol air pol­lu­tion, but the Bei­jing-Tian­jinHe­bei re­gion re­mained the place hit hard­est by smog.

Of all 338 cities, the air qual­ity in 84 cities reach na­tional stan­dards, up from 73 in 2015, Wu Jiyou, an of­fi­cial with the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, said at a press con­fer­ence.

The pro­por­tion of days with good or rel­a­tively good air qual­ity in a year rose to 78.8 per­cent, up 2.1 per­cent­age points from a year ago. The PM 2.5 den­sity dropped 6 per­cent to 47 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­ter, and the PM 10 den­sity fell 5.7 per­cent to 82 mi­cro­grams.

De­spite the im­prove­ments, the north still suf­fered from se­ri­ous air pol­lu­tion in winter, es­pe­cially Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei, ac­cord­ing to Wu. The Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion's clear days stood at merely 56.8 per­cent, but 9.2 per­cent of days were “heav­ily pol­luted,” much higher than the coun­try's aver­age of 2.6 per­cent.

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