Beijing, Pollution, Environment

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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 ...

Share via E-Mail Bookmark 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 smog concentrations falling to their lowest on record in August, data compiled by IQAir AirVisual showed on Thursday (Sep 12). 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. Advertisement Advertisement 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. However, the city's air quality in 2019 will still likely be more than four times higher than the WHO annual mean PM2.5 concentration guideline of 10 micrograms per cubic metre, and also higher than China's own interim national standard of 35 micrograms. A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing's central business district, China, December 21, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files) 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. Advertisement Advertisement 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. China has said that it will adopt more efficient and targeted measures during its campaign against pollution in 2019, but will not relax its efforts or ease the crackdown on violators. Beijing has already said it will restrict firework and fuel sales this month to ensure it minimises air pollution during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Oct 1. Source: Reuters/jt Read more: CNA

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