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China Smog in November Worse Than Year Ago

By Zhou Tailai and Li Rongde
A steeplejack works at a construction site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on Dec. 4, when air pollution reached hazardous levels. The Ministry of Environmental Protection said that Taiyuan ranked 65th out of 74 cities in air quality from January to November this year. Photo: Visual China
A steeplejack works at a construction site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on Dec. 4, when air pollution reached hazardous levels. The Ministry of Environmental Protection said that Taiyuan ranked 65th out of 74 cities in air quality from January to November this year. Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) — China's air quality deteriorated last month compared with a year earlier, with PM10 concentrations up by more than 20% year-on-year to 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said.

The level of PM2.5 — fine carcinogenic particulates smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter — across the country rose 7.4% to 58 micrograms per cubic meter of air in November compared with the same month last year, the MEP said, citing data it collected in 74 major cities.

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