China to combat air pollution with drastic measures

China to combat air pollution with drastic measures

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After the recent heavy pollution problems in China, the mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun?announced on January 16, 2014 that the city will put in ‘all-out effort’ to handle the issue in the country. Wang assured that the government will reduce the usage of coal by 2.6 million tones and transform 300 polluting companies in 2014.

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Coal-burning boilers in the fifth ring road of Beijing will be eliminated. The mayor also assured that measures will be taken against coal burning in the periphery of the capital. Wang went on to say that four large gas-burning thermoelectricity centers will be finished in the near future. On January 16, 2014, smog covered the city of Beijing and air quality reached the ‘most polluted’ level.

No area was immune to smog as fog enveloped provinces in east and south of China. The city authorities are also aiming to ban the heavily polluting vehicles in 2014, in addition to reducing new car registrations and promoting new energy vehicles.

In September 2013, Beijing released a five-year clean air action plan from 2013 to 2017. In 2013, the city managed to cut some of the major air pollutants by more than three percent.

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