Beijing, Pollution, Environment

Beijing, Pollution

Beijing set to exit list of world's top 200 most-polluted cities: Data

Beijing set to exit list of world's top 200 most-polluted cities: Data

12.9.2019

Beijing set to exit list of world's top 200 most-polluted cities: Data

BEIJING: China's capital of Beijing is on track to drop out from the list of the world's top 200 most-polluted cities this year, with hazardous ...

Beijing is set to reduce levels of small, lung-damaging particulate matter known as PM2.5 by almost 20 per cent this year compared with 2018, and by almost a third from 2017, data from the Switzerland-based air quality technology company showed.

The capital city has been on the frontline of a war on pollution launched in 2014 and has worked to shut down and relocate polluting industries, improve fuel and emission standards and reduce coal consumption both in the city and in surrounding regions.

In the first eight months of this year, Beijing had an average hourly PM2.5 concentration reading of 42.6 micrograms, 19.3 per cent lower than last year. The figures were less than half of the average in the same period in 2009, IQAir AirVisual said in a study of data from the US Embassy in Beijing as well as 34 official government monitoring stations.

Beijing's average hourly PM2.5 concentration in August was 22.1 micrograms - the lowest monthly average since records began in April 2008, the data showed.

Read more: CNA

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