Air pollution in 39 major northern Chinese cities rose 16 percent on the year in January, official data showed, with surging industrial activity making it increasingly unlikely they will meet their winter emissions targets.
China will order detailed punishment measures for officials in regions that miss air quality targets this winter, refusing to accept unfavorable weather or mounting economic pressure as excuses, an environment ministry official said.
The air quality in New Delhi has once again entered the ‘severe’ zone on Monday. It was earlier in ‘very poor’ category but the situation has now become worse and has once more touched the mark of severity.
China's environment ministry has slammed a northeastern city for ‘turning a blind eye’ to pollution from small-scale oil refining that was made illegal in 1996, underlining Beijing's struggle to clean up the country's environment despite tightening rules.
An increasing number of parents are shunning good schools because of the local air quality while some are even looking to move out of cities altogether, as fears over the effects of diesel emissions on health mount.
Four more Chinese regions have been accused of faking efforts to rectify environmental problems and paying only lip service to the country's war on pollution, according to reports published by the environment ministry on Monday.