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Report: 7 of World’s 10 Most Polluted Cities in China

01-15 00:00 财经网 财经网

Seven of the world’s ten most polluted cities are in China, according to a report addressing China’s environment issue released Monday, days after Beijing’s air pollution went “beyond index”.

The capital city was submerged in heavy smog which was recorded as 30 times over safety levels for five consecutive days, triggering concerns for public health.

Residents of Beijing which is known for its bad air, were advised to stay inside as hospital admissions for respiratory illness reportedly jumped by 30%, and sales of gas masks spiked.

Less than 1% of China’s 500 big cities meet the air quality requirements set by the World Health Organization, despite the government has been adopting active fiscal and administrative policies in addressing air pollutions, the report said.

The report which did an environmental analysis for People’s Republic of China was disclosed by Asian Development Bank on a recent forum.
Country director for ADB's Resident Mission in China, Hamid L Sharif said China faces a much more complicated situation in coping with environment challenges than any other countries.

Almost half of the environmental protection targets set for the 10th Five-Year Plan (FYP) period (2001–2005) were not met, an earlier ADB report said.

“Some significant pollution indicators, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate emissions, actually rose instead of falling as called for in the plan.”

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