Steel factories and chemical plants are among the top soil polluters identified in the study. This site, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, shows the aftermath of a chemical plant explosion which last month killed dozens of people and left hundreds of others injured. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese cities reliant on land sales rushing through clean-ups at polluted sites, study finds

  • Researchers from Greenpeace and Nanjing University find ‘strong motive to sell land and do remediation as quickly as possible’ in some big cities
  • Study highlights how rapid redevelopments could mean a higher risk of secondary soil pollution for new occupants
Topic |   China pollution

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Steel factories and chemical plants are among the top soil polluters identified in the study. This site, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, shows the aftermath of a chemical plant explosion which last month killed dozens of people and left hundreds of others injured. Photo: Xinhua
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Levels of PM2.5 in 28 cities in the north China region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei rose 24 per cent in the first two months of 2019. Photo: Reuters

China’s air quality worsens as national PM2.5 level rises 5.2 per cent in January and February

  • Just 83 of 337 cities monitored meet national standard in first two months of 2019, according to environment ministry survey
  • Average PM2.5 reading in 28 cities in pollution control region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei more than 10 times WHO’s safe level
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Levels of PM2.5 in 28 cities in the north China region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei rose 24 per cent in the first two months of 2019. Photo: Reuters
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