19 November 2018

Beijing 2013 air quality far below national grade, Xinhua says

Beijing’s average PM 2.5 index, which measures airborne particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers, stood at 89.5 micrograms per cubic meter in 2013, more than double the national standard, pointing to worsened pollution, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday, citing a statement from the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. The national standard is 35, which was set by the State Council in 2012 in a set of revised air quality standards. Beijing reported 58 days of heavy pollution last year, compared with 176 days of excellent or fairly good air, Zhang Dawei, director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center, was quoted as saying. “It suggests that, on average, heavy air pollution occurred every six or seven days.”

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