It can be sad that whenever people would mention Beijing, people would immediately equate the city with their notoriously bad air quality. However, it has been reported that said air quality significantly improved during the first half of 2016. There have been actions that were taken to curb the capital’s heavy pollution, and these are now seen to promote a positive effect, according to officials found in the Chinese capital.
Beijing Air Quality Improved in 2016
The number of days in Beijing in which air quality was rated good has grown by 19, t0 107. It was also reported that the number of days with heavy pollution has fallen by two, to 14, according to the Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau on a late Monday post found on its website. Concentrations of microscopic PM2.5, which are small yet inhalable particles can penetrate deep within a person’s lungs are considered to be a reliable gauge of air quality, and this has dropped by 17.9-percent over the first six months of 2016 as compared to the same period last year, as per the same post from the bureau.
At the time of writing, there is an ongoing closure of 174 heavily polluting Beijing factories that are among the reasons for the improvement for the Chinese capital’s air quality. Along with this, the city is switching 463 communities from coal to alternative energy sources, along with the retirement of tens of thousands of cars, buses, and trucks with bad emission ratings, and the addition of 6,803 vehicles that are running purely on electricity.
“Since the start of the year, the entire city has assiduously implemented the key tasks of the clean air action plan,” according to the bureau. “The improvement in air quality citywide has been obvious.” The capital has more than 21-million people for its population, and it has struggled with the issues that are found in most modern cities. These concerns include shortage of affordable housing and snarled traffic. Air pollution, on the other hand, is perhaps bringing the largest impact on quality life for the city’s populace.
However, there were actions taken by the central government, especially since 2014, that have already borne fruit to curb the negative air quality of Beijing, especially with regards to its overall pollution levels. In Chine, coal consumption is among the largest contributors of air pollution, and it is known that the country is now the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. However, the United States far exceeds this aspect when looking at it on a per capita basis.
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