Beijing air pollution

Beijing air pollution

The Chinese capital has for many years suffered from serious air pollution. Primary sources of pollutants include exhaust emission from Beijing's more than five million motor vehicles, coal burning in

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Green push a rare bright spot for Chinese diplomacy
China has doubled down on its environmental diplomacy, making pledges on global issues such as climate change and biodiversity and projecting itself as a world leader. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, President Xi Jinping said China would reach peak carbon emissions before 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060. The pledge was welcomed by the international community. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she welcomed China’s ambition to curb emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, but said there was still a lot of work to be done. Another landmark moment for China in the international environmental arena is in May, when the country is expec
Beijing’s infamous smog may be a thing of the past
Beijing’s air quality has improved significantly since the start of the “war on pollution” seven years ago, according to official figures. In 2019, the capital’s average concentration of PM2.5 – the most harmful small particles and a key indicator of air pollution – fell to their lowest levels since its air quality monitoring network started operating in 2013. The 2019 average concentration of 42 micrograms per cubic meter was 53% lower than the 2013 figure of 89.5, according to the municipal ecology and environment bureau. The average concentration of PM10 particles and nitrogen dioxide were 68 and 37 micrograms per cubic meter, both in line with national targets. Although some pollution l
Beijing motorists use fake marriages to be able to drive
Beijing motorists desperate to use their cars are resorting to sham marriages to get around strict license plate rules. The rules are designed to limit the number of vehicles allowed on the city’s congested roads. Some drivers were willing to pay the equivalent of tens of thousands of dollars to marry someone with one of the prized plates, according to CCTV. They then have the license transferred to their name before getting a divorce. Specialist agencies charge over $20,000 to help clients use this method to obtain a license for a gasoline-driven car. It costs over $15,000 for an electric-powered one, according to the report. The scam is a strategy to get around a license lottery first int
Trying for a baby? Study finds pollution is linked to miscarriages
Air pollution doesn’t just damage people’s lungs. Breathing in polluted air is linked to a greater risk of miscarriages, according to a new study. The research by Chinese scientists, published on Monday in the journal Nature Sustainability, examined data from more than 255,000 pregnant women living in Beijing over an eight-year period. Researchers found a significant correlation between pollution levels and “missed abortions” in the first trimester, a common form of miscarriage that can go undiagnosed for weeks.  The risk of such a miscarriage, where a fetus or embryo will stop developing, increases sharply with higher concentrations of air pollutants, they found. The findings add to a growi
Face masks on: pollution is back in Beijing
After a winter of clear blue skies, pollution is back in the Chinese capital, with air quality returning to its usual hazardous levels. Thick smog and sandstorms are blanketing Beijing. Pedestrians are once again pulling out masks and scarves to cover their faces when they venture out. Here’s what Beijing residents and visitors are saying about the pollution. Pollution particles Beijing authorities issued a fourth-level Blue pollution alert after PM levels rose on Wednesday. PM, which stands for particulate matter, are tiny drops of polluting matter that can cause serious health problems when ingested. The smaller the size, the more dangerous the particle. On Wednesday morning, the average