Pollution in China is increasing on a daily basis and because of this issue, a new action plan is being released by the state government on September 12, 2013. The residents of China – with the help of the new plan – will be able to breathe much cleaner air in the next five years. The new plan has the toughest ever measures which will help to combat air pollution.


The action plan by the Chinese government has set specific goals for China’s 338 county-level cities. By 2017, the concentration of breathable suspended particles with a diameter of 10 microns or less have to fall by at least 10 percent when compared to 2012. For many areas in China, these tougher objectives have been set in order to combat pollution. Regions like Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province must reduce the concentration of PM 2.5.

The microns which are smaller than 2.5 can penetrate deep into the lungs and need to be reduced by about 25 percent by 2017, based on the 2012 level. On the other hand, the target for the Yangtze River Delta region is around 20 percent and it is roughly 15 percent for the Pearl River Delta region. The major measures in this plan include accelerating the process of monitoring and disclosing PM 2.5 readings.

The plan will also ban heavy-polluting vehicles by 2017.

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