The Pearl River Delta has garnered something like the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in modern China: finally, formal recognition that it has out-polluted every other region in the country. The Environmental Protection Ministry reported the news on Tuesday, and area residents likely looked out at the thick, toxic smog engulfing their homes and agreed.
The Delta region experienced nearly four “bad” pollution days to every one “good” day, a huge drop from even two months ago, as China Daily reports:
In the Pearl River Delta region, only 22.2 percent of days in October had good air quality. The number in September was 77.6 percent.
Though there was no severe pollution in October, all nine cities in the region had good air quality for fewer than 15 days, according to the report. […]
The ministry attributed the cause of the severe pollution in the region to the shortage of precipitation and the increase of solar radiation intensity in October.
Nationwide, almost half of the 74 cities mentioned in the report had good air quality in fewer than 15 days in October. The number of such cities was only 19 in September.
Our beloved Shanghai is certainly getting a bit foggier by the day, but hopefully it doesn’t catch up to our southernly, smokey, smoggy, comrades in the Pearl River any time too soon.