The environment bureau in Hebei province, China’s steelmaking heartland, says PM2.5 levels in May were below 35 micrograms for the first time since China began measuring the pollutants in 2013. Photo: Reuters

Chinese smog hotspot Hebei breathes a little easier after hitting air quality standard for first time

  • PM2.5 in steel heartland below 35 micrograms for first time since China started measuring pollutant in 2013
  • In May, Hebei’s air pollution index was down 6.6 per cent year on year
Topic |   China pollution

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The environment bureau in Hebei province, China’s steelmaking heartland, says PM2.5 levels in May were below 35 micrograms for the first time since China began measuring the pollutants in 2013. Photo: Reuters
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Pollution levels in some parts of China worsened this winter. Photo: Reuters

China names and shames major state enterprises for breaching pollution limits

  • Heavy industry among companies fined up to US$1 million amid fears economic slowdown is undermining war on pollution
  • Environment ministry fines business for exceeding limits and says some regions have used slowing economy as excuse to backslide on curbs
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Pollution levels in some parts of China worsened this winter. Photo: Reuters
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