Air Qual­ity Of Chi­nese Ci­ties Im­proves In First Half Of 2016

The top 10 ci­ties with the clean­est air were mostly along the south­east coast

Fiji Sun - - World News -

The air qual­ity in 338 Chi­nese ci­ties showed im­prove­ments in the first half of this year, said the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion on Sun­day.

Bei­jing, Tian­jin and 11 main ci­ties in north China’s He­bei Prov­ince, an in­dus­trial zone trou­bled by air pol­lu­tion, saw cleaner skies with about 57.4 per cent of the Jan­uary-June pe­riod hav­ing “good air qual­ity”, 11 per­cent­age points higher than the first half of 2015, said Luo Yi, head of the min­istry’s en­vi­ron­ment mon­i­tor­ing divi­sion.

In Bei­jing, the rate was 58.8 per cent, an year-on-year in­crease of 10.2 per­cent­age points, while the den­sity of PM2.5, fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter caus­ing smog, stood at 64 mi­cro­grams on av­er­age, down 17.9 per cent year on year.

How­ever, six out of the 10 ci­ties with the worst air qual­ity were still in He­bei.

The top 10 ci­ties with the clean­est air were mostly along the south­east coast, ex­cept Lhasa in Ti­bet. The 25 ci­ties along the Yangtze River Delta recorded 72.9 per cent of days with good air qual­ity, an year-on-year in­crease of 3.8 per­cent­age points, while the ra­tio in nine ci­ties along the Pearl River Delta was 94.7 per cent, an in­crease of 4.1 points. Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to Mr Luo, the coun­try’s sur­face wa­ter qual­ity re­mained sta­ble. The Yangtze and Pearl rivers fell in the clean cat­e­gory while the Yel­low River was slightly pol­luted. Tian­jin’s Haihe River was heav­ily pol­luted. Five of the 106 lakes un­der mon­i­tor­ing were at a mod­er­ate level of eu­troph­i­ca­tion and 15 were at a light level, which roused con­cerns of pol­lu­tion, Mr Luo said.

Bei­jing, Tian­jin and 11 main ci­ties in north China’s He­bei Prov­ince, an in­dus­trial zone trou­bled by air pol­lu­tion.

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