Jun 26, 2019 | Updated: 09:24 AM EDT

Alarming Rise of Smog in Northern China

May 22, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

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China is in their fifth year of reducing and resolving dilemmas regarding environmental pollutions which affects the skies, rivers, and soil. In fact, some of the things that they already administer are raising industry standards, cutting coal consumption and refining environmental laws. However, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment from January to April, smog-prone northern Chinese region which includes Heibei, Beijing and Tianjin has an 8% increase in pollution readings.

The amount of airborne particulate matter was measured and the result shows a reading of fewer than 2.5 microns or also considered as PM2.5, which is known as the most hazardous pollutant for it can cause different respiratory ailment, according to South China Morning Post.

PM2.5 remain unchanged in the 337 cities that were monitored in China over the past four months which has an average of 49 micrograms per cubic meter which did not pass China's official standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter. In only four months' major parts of Northern China incredibly has an increase in the amount of air pollution according to the environment ministry. Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region has a PM2.5 average reading of 81 micrograms per cubic meter while its neighboring region Fenwei Plain (known to constituent some of China's most polluted city) has a 7.8% to 83 micrograms raise of PM2.5.

Moreover, environmental officials still show motivation in reducing environmental pollution even though the economic growth of the country is unstable and had been to its slowest rate since 1990. Nevertheless, some cities in Chinas said Environment Minister Li Ganjie said had lost their drive in decreasing the amount of smog. Also, local government attributes the dilemma of smog between late last year and earlier this year in the weather.

In contrast with the said statement, senior analysts Lauri Myllyvirta with environment group Greenpeace said that the pollution in Beijing and its surrounding regions rebounded because of relaxation of industrial output restriction and 60 million tonne surge in coal consumption over the 2018-2019 winter. Remarking the increased of steel, cement, nonferrous metals, and thermal power production, Myllyvirta said, "Predictably, local governments did away with restrictions on the industrial operation that had squeezed output and emissions in 2017-2018."

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