As Northern China Braces for Latest Bout of Smog, 3 Highways Ordered to Bring Down Emission
The Chinese government has given directives to concerned authorities that they must work together to bring down emissions on three major highways connecting to 20 Chinese cities including the country's capital city, Beijing.
These directives were released as a precautionary measure as China's northern region braces for another bout of heavy smog.
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Chinese state media Xinhua reported that the fresh bout of smog is likely to strike the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region by this mid-week, and will spread across other parts of north-eastern and eastern China.
The adverse meteorological conditions in the three highways apparently enable high levels of pollution elements to travel to the northern region of China, the Ministry of Environment said.
The latest directives will also help the Chinese government to meet its ambitious target to bring down the daily concentration of PM2.5 harmful breathable particles to 60 micrograms in Beijing. Last year, the PM2.5 in Beijing was lurking near 73, according to the Ministry of Environment.
Northern China endured one of the worst bouts of smog in December last year when daily lives in almost all the major cities had come to a standstill. Daily flights were severely hit, while schools remained shut down for several days.
Over the last couple of years, the Chinese government has raised the antic in its desperate fight against air pollution. As part of this crusade, the government has announced many new directives like bringing down coal consumption and giving encouragement to the electric vehicle industry.
China's Ministry of Environment said that last year it sent inspectors to more than 1,000 factories to check whether they were compiling with necessary rules designed to bring down harmful emission.