In case you weren’t already aware, pollution is sort of a big problem in China. At this week’s political meetings in Beijing, leaders are looking to ward off concerns of a long nose-haired future society by slapping more restrictions on heavy polluters.
In his annual government work report on Saturday, Premier Li Keqiang announced that China plans to reduce major water and air pollutants by 2 or 3 percent this year. Hopefully this translates to your lungs feeling fractionally better as the PM2.5 concentration in the air is reduced. Heck, it could also result in you dropping a few pounds!
In fact, you already should be breathing easier because the PM2.5 concentration declined from 72 micrograms per cubic centimeter in 2013 to a more liveable 55 micrograms in 2015, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Tighter restrictions on vehicle emissions are also planned, with another 3.8 million outdated or high-emission vehicles to be removed this year. The 13th Five Year Plan (everybody’s talking about the Shisanwu) also calls for the “good air quality days” to reach 80% by 2020, up from 76.7% last year. Yippee!
This is presumably what China’s environmental minister Chen Jining was talking about when he said that China could soon become a model for the West when it comes to healing the environment. And is somewhat more impressive than Beijing deciding to raise its standards for issuing a red alert.
By Kitty Lai