Caixin
Jan 07, 2018 11:25 AM
ENVIRONMENT

Beijing Sees More ‘Blue Sky’ Days

A national-level push that crossed regional and bureaucratic divides helped Beijing to meet its pollution reduction goal in 2017. Above: In December 2016, residents in Shijiazhuan, Heibei province, practice group dance on a heavily polluted day. Photo: Caixin
A national-level push that crossed regional and bureaucratic divides helped Beijing to meet its pollution reduction goal in 2017. Above: In December 2016, residents in Shijiazhuan, Heibei province, practice group dance on a heavily polluted day. Photo: Caixin

On the second work day of the year, the mood was unusually relaxed in the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau’s conference room.

The bureau had just announced that the average fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) concentration in the capital’s air had been 58 micrograms per cubic meter in 2017— better than the target set by the national government earlier in the year. Beijing had, according to official standards, won the war against air pollution.

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