According to the findings from an environmental group Greenpeace, the chocking air pollution in China is now moving towards the western part of the country, despite the fact that the air quality has improved a bit in the eastern cities such as Beijing in the past few months.
Henan, Hunan, Hubei and other provinces in the western and central China are now the regions that have the worst pollution levels in the country- around PM2.5, which is a measure of particles in diameter, that could be hazardous to health.
Due to the mounting public pressure, many leaders in Beijing have now declared a war on pollution, and aim to abandon old models that have spoiled China’s water, skies and soil.
“Armed with this information, the government must now ensure that pollution is not simply relocated to other regions, and that the same strict measures enacted in cities like Beijing are actually enforced across the country,” Climate and Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia, Zhang Kai, explained.
This analysis was conducted using the data provided by the Chinese government for the first quarter of 2015.
China has attempted to improve transparency of information to give polluters information about the emission data, but many doubts have arisen when it came to the accuracy of these pollution indices.
A 2 year inspection campaign has been announced by China’s vice minister to improve environmental protection and to rule out any fake air quality data that could have been manipulated to meet national standards.
According to Greenpeace, Beijing still ranks among the top 5 worst polluted regions in China. However, the PM2.5 concentration seems to have reduced.
In the past few years, the PM2.5 levels in Beijing were believed to be nearly 5 times of those recommended by the World Health Organization, which was concerning.
Implementation of new laws and strategies to cut down air pollution could be of great help.