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Car Emission as Top Pollutant in Beijing: Official
   2015-04-01 20:24:29    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li

The Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City, is shrouded in smog in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 4, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua/Liu Xianguo]

Vehicle emissions have been cited as the top pollutant in the Chinese capital by the country¡¯s leading environmental protection department.

Motor vehicles are also the major source of air pollution in the southern cities of Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, said Wu Xiaoqing, vice minister of environmental protection on Wednesday.

The result came from an analysis of pollution sources in nine major Chinese cities.

China had 264 million motor vehicles on roads as of the end of last year, including 154 million automobiles, next only to the United States.

There are about 5.6 million motor vehicles in Beijing, with an average of 63 cars among 100 households.

Earlier this week, the municipal government in Beijing has introduced new measures in response to air pollution.

According to the new plan, an air quality index of over 200 is defined as "heavy pollution".

And if the heavy pollution is expected to last for at least 72 hours, drivers with odd and even license plates will be allowed on alternating days.

The analysis report also noted that another two cities, namely Shijiazhuang and Nanjing, were mainly affected by burning coal.

The primary pollutants in Tianjin, Shanghai and Ningbo however were dust and industrial emissions.

The environmental protection ministry was hoping to complete the analysis on the pollution source in 26 major Chinese cities by the end of this year.

Wu Xiaoqing from the environmental protection ministry said the result can help authorities customize measures for air pollution control.

 

 

 

 

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