Fine-particle pollution increases in China

Fine-particle pollution increases in China

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China is constantly dealing with air pollution problems and the country's ozone and fine-particle pollution deteriorated the country's air quality in August 2013. The condition worsened in August 2013 compared with July 2013, according to the details provided by the Environmental Protection Ministry.

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The report mentioned that 28 of the 74 cities in China had good air quality in August 2013, for at least 24 days. The number of these cities in July 2013 was 36. The proportion of days with good air quality was 66.7 percent in August 2013, which is 4 percentage points less than in July 2013.

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Ozone and PM2.5 – which is a particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter and capable of going deep into the lungs – are the two biggest pollutants and account for over 40 percent of the polluted days. The situation also correlates with weather in June 2013 and July 2013, when the temperatures are high and there is strong sunshine, which are the perfect conditions for the formation of ozone.

In order to deal with the current situation, the central government of China has issued an action plan which described measures for 2013 to 2017.

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