Air Quality in Beijing

China: Beijing man photographs three years' worth of smog from his window

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

Beijing (CNN) -- The view from Zou Yi's window is fickle. Some days he can see every detail of the Beijing Television skyscraper across the way. Some days he can hardly see it at all. Such is daily life for the millions who live under Beijing's polluted skies. What makes Zou unique is his steadfastness in documenting the city's air quality -- every day for three years. Each morning before going to work, Zou first takes a picture of the skyscraper from his thirteenth floor living room.

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Beijing says pollution lessened in 2015 despite smog alerts

Date of Release: 
Jan 5 2016

BEIJING (AP) — Environmental authorities in Beijing say air quality improved in 2015, a year in which they issued the city's first two red smog alerts and showed a greater willingness to disrupt industry and ordinary people in search of cleaner air.

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Beijing into ‘battle’ against coal-fired stoves

Date of Release: 
Jan 13 2016

Beijing will begin to remove coal-fired stoves from family homes and businesses this year, with officials blaming consumption of low-quality coal as contributing to winter smog.

The capital is launching a “large-scale battle” to replace rural coal use with cleaner fuel, officials said at a meeting on pollution control and coal management on Monday.

Authorities will comb small factories, restaurants, bath houses and hotels in rural areas to remove their stoves, said Zhong Chonglei, a chief inspector with the city’s environmental protection bureau.

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