Update on Beijing's air quality situation. Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau has unveiled (GRFX) that the capital's annual level of PM2.5, small air-borne particles harmful to health, has gone down by 6.2 percent in 2015, to 80.6 milligrams per cubic meters, 2.3 times the national standard of 35.
The first 10 months had seen PM2.5 go down by 21.8 percent, but in November and December, 22 heavily polluted days brought up pollution levels dramatically. Coal burning has been cited as a major culprit.
To return blue skies to the public, measures carried out this year will include upgrading heavily polluting coal burning, and heavily-emitting vehicles. The bureau said the public can feel that the air quality, will be greatly improved in 2020, and by 2030, Beijing's air is expected to reach national standards.