China Vows To Control Hazardous Air Pollution

Category: World / Mar 15, 2013 10:31AM EDT
China announced plans to set limits on several industries in heavily polluted areas on Friday (March 15) after Beijing experienced air pollution that hovered at worst-ever levels in January. In January, the pollution, almost constant in the capital's skies, rocketed to far above hazardous levels, reaching 755 on an index that measures particulate matter in the air with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers. A level of 300 is considered dangerous while the World Health Organization recommends a daily level of no more than 20. At a news conference on Friday for China's Environmental Protection Bureau, officials explained that China’s pollution was due to high energy, high emission, heavy pollution, over-capacity of production, coal-dependency, energy over-consumption, and an increase of cars on the road. Beijing's recent record-breaking levels of toxic air pollution are part of a wider problem affecting much of China as the government looked for ways to clean up the city's air. In the past, China has announced plans to cap total coal consumption at around 3.9 billion tons by 2015 but environmental critics say the government needs to eventually start cutting consumption. Video Source: Reuters