Tianjin sees PM2.5 down

Added On January 11, 2018

After five years fighting air pollution, north China's Tianjin Municipality is finally breathing noticeably cleaner air.
Official figure shows that Tianjin saw its PM2.5 concentration drop 31 percent year on year in October and November last year.
According to the Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau, the city had reported 209 good air days in 2017, 64 more than in 2013.
While the number of heavy pollution days fell from 49 to 23.
An air pollution plan issued by the State Council in September 2013 ordered The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region  to reduce its PM 2.5 density by 25% by the end of last year.
Authorities said the concentration in November in particular fell 49 percent year on year.
The improvement was a result of a series of well-targeted measures.
Authorities in Tianjin, which borders Beijing, have shut down 9,081 highly polluting plants and ordered another 9,873 to improve pollutant treatment capacity last year.
The city also plans to ban indiscriminate coal burning by the end of 2018 with 1.21 million households switching from coal-fired to gas and electric heating sources.
Authorities in Tianjin and neighboring Hebei Province, home to several of China's most polluted cities, previously ordered heavily polluting industries, including steel, casting and coking, to restrict production and cut emissions during the winter heating period.
More residents are increasingly worried about the health impacts, particularly of PM2.5. The smaller particles pose a greater health risk as they can get deeper into the lungs than larger particles.
China has set a target to reduce the average PM2.5 level by at least 15 percent in the cities around the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region between October 2017 and March 2018, compared to last year's level.