Beijing has promised — yet again –to lower its PM2.5 density to the national standard, this time setting the more realistic date of 2030.
According to Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau deputy director Fang Li, the plan to achieve this feat will be put into action at the end of this year or early next year. While details are so far scarce, we can only imagine that they will somehow find a way to crackdown even harder on outdoor barbecues.
Beijing’s PM2.5 density levels this year measured 80.6 micrograms per cubic metre on average. Although the number apparently dropped 6.2% from 2014, it’s still 1.3 times higher than the national standard of 35 micrograms per cubic metre. Also, there were those historic red alerts and whatnot.
In fact, Beijing saw 186 days with “good” or “excellent” air quality last years, compared with a mere 46 days of “heavy pollution.” Relive it all in mosaic form.
Previously, Beijing had promised to reduce its PM2.5 by 25% by 2017. When you try your best but you don’t succeed…
By Pinky Latt