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Feb 08, 2019 12:34 PM
ENVIRONMENT

Firework Ban Clears the Air for Chinese New Year

Air quality concerns have caused hundreds of Chinese cities to ban fireworks. Photo: CFP
Air quality concerns have caused hundreds of Chinese cities to ban fireworks. Photo: CFP

China’s air quality improved during the first few days of the Chinese New Year thanks to tighter restrictions on fireworks, the government said this week.

The average concentration of PM 2.5, the tiny air particles that are considered most hazardous to human health, dropped 14.2% compared to last year, and 31.9% compared to the same period three years ago, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

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