China has announced that it will invest 1.7 trillion yuan ($277 billion) over the next five years to fight the dangerous and rapidly increasing air pollution that has developed as a consequence of China’s rapid economic rise. The news comes from the U.S. edition of China Daily, citing the measure’s approval by the State Council last month.
The bold initiative, dubbed the Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan, was proposed by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and will run through 2017. It will give priority to the country’s northern regions – particularly Beijing, Tianjin, and Heibei province – which are the main sources of the vast majority of dangerous air pollution.
The government’s new plan ultimately seeks to reduce air emissions by 25 percent compared to 2012 levels.
“The thick smog and haze that covered large areas of the country in January has focused public attention on this issue,” said Zhao Hualin, a senior official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, in the China Daily reportREAD MORE