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China smog: Cities strive to counter dense smog, fines for emission limits set

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China smog continues to settle over the giant country, and now the capital city of China, Beijing, as well as its financial epicenter, Shanghai, are working to limit overall emissions in the hopes of reducing the dense cloud that is posing a very dangerous threat to the region’s seasons. The primary measure they are increasing is fines for any companies, construction sites, or even vehicle owners who violate the overall gas limits. Bloomberg describes the details on this new plan to curb pollution levels and strive to better the environment that Chinese officials are drafting this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

The China smog has become so dense and potent in certain areas of the country that the nation’s meteorological agency released a public warning announcement of severely hazardous smog levels being present for the fourth day in a row. Beijing and Shanghai are the two cities moving forward most in setting limits to prevent adding to the already high amount of pollution in the area. Those who pass set emission limits may face serious fines and other unlawful penalties.

It is the city government in Beijing that is working on creating a new law this week until overall smog levels go down. Shanghai, meanwhile, will be closing up to 500 facilities that are known for releasing high amounts of pollution and hazardous, energy-intensive materials.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has also released a statement in which he promises to counter the China smog situation, and strive to improve both the nation’s health and economy that has suffered as a result of the dangerous smoke and environmental degradation the country faces. Just last week the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China required all provinces and locales within China to limit their gas emissions by up to ¼ in order to curb pollution.

“This pollution is leading to much public worry,” Liu Jigang, deputy director of the standing committee of the Beijing People’s Congress, said in comments posted on the city government’s website. Beijing’s average reading of PM2.5, fine airborne particulates that pose the largest health risks, were more than 1.5 times higher than the national target of 35 last year, he said.

For the fourth day running, the National Meteorological Center of China released a yellow alert warning for the China smog, noting that the massive alert covered regions of up to 10 separate provinces, including Shanghai and a neighboring coastal city near Beijing.

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