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CREA Report

A new report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) reveals that China has fallen short of its air quality targets, prioritizing economic growth over environmental concerns. Nearly half of the targeted cities missed PM2.5 reduction goals in late 2023 and early 2024. Henan province, particularly the Beijing region, saw some of the highest pollution levels, with Anyang’s PM2.5 concentrations exceeding WHO guidelines by 15 times. The findings underscore the need for stricter enforcement of pollution control measures. The delay and eventual implementation of the ‘Winter action plan’ led to mixed results, with PM2.5 levels decreasing in some areas due to favorable weather and reduced industrial emissions. However, increased production in thermal power and non-ferrous metals counteracted these improvements. The report calls for enhanced air pollution policies and timely implementation to meet China’s long-term air quality goals.

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