The drive to tackle pollution has helped clean up Beijing’s atmosphere. Photo: AFP

Beijing’s air quality shows significant improvements as ‘war on pollution’ targets coal use

  • The Chinese capital has seen levels of the most harmful particles known as PM2.5 more than halve since the 2013 drive to tackle the problem started
  • While there is still work to be done, controls on coal burning and vehicle emissions are seen as key to rapid turnaround
Topic |   Beijing air pollution

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The drive to tackle pollution has helped clean up Beijing’s atmosphere. Photo: AFP
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Echo Xie

Echo Xie

Echo is a Beijing-based Chinese politics and policy reporter. Before joining the SCMP, she worked for Jiemian news and the CSMonitor Beijing Bureau. She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.