Beijing is one of China’s major cities covered in heavy smog due to high pollution levels. The toxic haze has engulfed the whole city on January 16 after only one week of low levels of contamination. The Chinese capital was embroidered in smog disturbing all the residents. Throughout the entire morning, the air quality reading persisted above 150. This indicates a dangerous level of air pollution, which may lead to severe health problems for all residents.
- Chinese residents are concerned about their health because of heavy smog effects.
- The air pollution is extremely high, affecting big cities of China.
- Chinese officials are doing their best to accomplish their goal of reducing air pollution to 18%.
Shanxi and Hebei, two severely industrialized areas located next to the Chinese capital, have many cities which are strongly affected by heavy smog, leading to health problems for all inhabitants. The levels of air pollution in the Chinese capital are expected to continue their increase, the air becoming unbreathable on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, specialists state that on Tuesday night a weak cold was announced and it might help scatter the smog. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, everything might get back to normal, and the air pollution might rise again. Residents should hope for a strong cold to hit Beijing in order to deter the thick smog.
After only two days since the mayor promised to cut pollutants struggling to reach an ambitious goal, a new round of smog-covered Beijing. Cai Qi claimed in his report that was presented to the legislators of the city that he is bound to do everything he can to fuel the decrease of PM2.5 by approximately 18% this year. PM2.5 are pollutant particles which are tinier than 2.5 microns and are very dangerous to be breath in causing health problems.
Based on the data shared by the municipal environmental protection bureau, in 2016, the PM2.5’s concentrations in the Chinese capital have declined by 9.9% to an average level of 73 micrograms. This percentage indicates almost tolerable figures, being above the national average standard of density registered every year for PM2.5 of 35 micrograms. The acceptable standard established by the World Health Organization was of 20-25 micrograms.
Despite the fact that official information which indicated the pollutants’ concentrations continued to decrease in Beijing, a large number of residents have shared critical comments and posts on social media networks arguing that they did not feel the effect of these improvements. During the last spell of heavy smog, many inhabitants have expressed their concern and anger regarding this problem.
GreenandGrowing.org has published an article touching on some outside of the box steps China is taking to combat smog and air pollution.
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