Re­call­ing Blue Skies

China Pictorial (English) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Statis­tics from China Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing Cen­ter in­di­cate that the coun­try im­proved its air qual­ity dras­ti­cally in 2017. The progress came af­ter the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment un­der­took re­forms re­lated to a new eco­log­i­cal dam­age com­pen­sa­tion sys­tem, strength­ened en­force­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal law and boosted the pro­duc­tion and us­age of clean en­ergy. More­over, a three-year plan to “make the skies blue again” is ex­pected to be re­leased in 2018.

“To break through bot­tle­necks pre­vent­ing con­stant im­prove­ment of air qual­ity, we must fo­cus more on pol­lu­tion pre­ven­tion along­side pol­lu­tion con­trol,” de­clared Wang Jin­nan, head of the Chi­nese Academy of En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning. “We should ac­cel­er­ate the for­ma­tion of spa­tial pat­terns, in­dus­trial struc­ture, pro­duc­tion and life­styles that are ben­e­fi­cial to at­mo­spheric pro­tec­tion.”

Fe­bru­ary 21, 2018: Cit­i­zens ex­er­cise in a park in Bei­jing on a sunny win­ter day. VCG

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