China's battle against air pollution

Added On August 7, 2018

 China has committed to reducing pollution over the next three years.

Air quality in Chinese cities has already improved greatly, with residents enjoying bluer skies.
Let's take a look.
After decades of rapid development, China has declared war against pollution, with intensified efforts to crack down on polluters, and incentives for clean energy use.
Between 2013 and 2017, the annual average concentrations of PM 2.5, PM 10 and sulfur dioxide pollutants in 74 Chinese cities dropped by 33 percent, 28 percent, and 54 percent, respectively.
Pollution control has been listed as one of China's "three tough battles," targeting a significant reduction in the emissions of major pollutants and an improvement in the overall ecological environment. 
China's central government has invested over 9.47 billion U.S. dollars into air pollution reduction projects over the past five years. 
To clear up its air, the country has been encouraging the use of natural gas instead of coal for winter heating, subsidizing new energy vehicles to curb emissions, and shutting down inefficient factories.
Since 2013, China has cut steel production capacity by 170 million tonnes, coal use by 800 million tonnes, and cement production by 230 million tonnes.
Authorities have also demonstrated "zero tolerance" for polluters, launching a pollution control campaign targeting about 62,000 enterprises in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding cities last year.
Thousands of officials have been held accountable for environmental damage, following inspections by central authorities.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): JIAO YUQING, Student from Johns Hopkins University
"We heard a lot about China’s air pollution in the past few years. But when I returned to China, I found that it was not that bad. Every city is doing its best to fight air pollution, and I can see the changes back in my home town. The sky is bluer and the water is clearer. I really hope that our country is heading to a brighter future, and that the Chinese people will live a happier life."