China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has drafted definitions for the conditions that qualify a day as having haze pollution. It says a haze pollution day occurs when the average concentration of PM2.5 is above 75 micrograms per cubic meter and visibility is less than 5 km for more than six consecutive hours due to an increasing concentration of fine particulate matter in the air.
China may revive 2008 Beijing Olympics-style air pollution controls when it holds a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in the often smog-shrouded capital in November, state media said on Thursday.
Beijing’s air pollution problem is all too well known but Delhi’s is generally considered to be more lethal, and caused primarily by vehicle emissions rather than industrial activities as in the case in China’s capital.
Beijing city has pledged to shutter 300 high polluting factories this year in a further attempt to stem the choking air pollution plaguing the city.
Having been singled out by a Yale University study as having worse air pollution in its capital than that of China’s, Indian bureaucrats have spent the last week pointing fingers or repudiating the findings and its metrics.
Beijing will begin work on 16 new water reclamation plants this year, adding to the 14 now under construction and 16 in operation as authorities strive to provide the thirsty capital with a stable "second water source,"
The municipal legislature of Beijing has passed new regulations on air pollution control that will cap the city's total emissions and impose harsher penalties on worst offending companies.
Air quality readings across China's cities
January 09, 2014
China’s 31 provinces, antonymous regions and self-governing municipalities have been given firm targets to reduce air pollution by 2017 with cuts of between five and 25 percent depending on location according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The State Council, China’s cabinet, will evaluate each province's progress annually.
The Beijing government is tackling its growing garbage problem by raising fees for non-residential trash the first time since 1999.
The Beijing Commission of Transport said yesterday that it plans to replace 80 percent of its buses with new-energy and clean-fuel vehicles by the end of 2017.