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2014-03-07 Environmental Protection in China
   2014-03-06 17:18:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Lu Chang


 

In China, every one is talking about PM2.5 figures these days. The index, which indicates the level of air quality and was still not commonly known among the public only a few years back, is being tracked on a daily basis by many Chinese people. The World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended standard for PM2.5 is no greater than 25 micrograms per cubic meter within a 24-hour period of time. While in big Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai, PM2.5 figures can often go off the chart. In his annual government work report, China's Premier, Li Keqiang, has declared war on pollution, vowing to tame pollution at all costs. What is under consideration at the moment is more stringent legislation. But many experts believe that the Chinese government needs to do more to actually enforce the measures it proposes.

How can China effectively tackle pollution through better legislation? How will these measures actually be enforced?

Ni hao, you're listening to  People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headlines in China and around the world. I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

We speak to Professor Wang Xi, Director of the Environmental and Resources Law Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a former member of the CPPCC, China's top advisory body and Professor Zhang Shiqiu, Director of the Institute of Environment and Economy at Peking University in Beijing.

 
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