These are the burning questions that Chinese social media users have raised over the past few days as residents across northern China endure the smog that is laying siege to a seventh of the country. Quick fixes, empty promises and breathtaking inaction:
The Ministry of Environmental Protection has drawn up a series of plans for the regional campaign, which will start soon, Liu Youbin, a senior official from the ministry's publicity department, said on Tuesday.
In addition to the general action plan for the campaign, officials will keep track of every issue reported and how it was resolved, Liu said. Another six supportive documents were prepared with detailed stipulations on the key regions and industries, as well as to ensure the timely disclosure of problems to the public.
Those documents also list punishments that irresponsible government officials can expect during the campaign, he said, responding to reports that some disclosed pollution issues were not resolved. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, prone to suffer through severe smog in the autumn and winter months, faces a large risk of air pollution returning in the coming months, the ministry said on Sunday.
This past January and February, the concentration of PM2.
This was caused by a confluence of several factors, including windless weather, active production, coal consumption for heating and vehicle exhaust, Liu said. The ministry's data showed that in the first seven months, the region's PM2.
Beijing needs to lower its PM2. The capital saw the average PM2.
To tackle the air pollution, the ministry has conducted a yearlong inspection of 28 major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the neighboring provinces of Shandong, Shanxi and Henan, which began in April. The latest data from the ministry showed that through Aug 20, inspectors have checked 40, companies, of which 55 percent, or 22, were found with various pollution problems, such as discharging pollutants excessively or not installing emission-reduction equipment.The U.S.
Embassy in Beijing reported that levels of PM —a type of particulate air pollution that seeps into lung, vein, and heart tissue—surged above micrograms per cubic meter; the UN.
People arrive at Tiananmen Square for a flag-raising ceremony during smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing, China, December 20, Beijing authorities issue their second ever red alert over pollution, warning hazardous levels of smog are expected over the weekend.
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