Beijing breathes cleaner air

Beijing breathed cleaner air in the first half of this year as its average PM 2.5 reading dropped 15.2 percent from the same period of 2014.

According to the city’s environmental protection bureau on Friday, the average PM 2.5 reading registered in the first six months stood at 77.7 micrograms per cubic meter.

But it’s still more than double the national standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter.

The bureau says in the first six months, Beijing residents had to endure 16 days of heavily polluted air, seven days less than the same period of last year.

It adds that other air pollutants have also been reduced.

Sulfur dioxide dropped by 41 percent, nitrogen dioxide by 15 percent and PM 10 by 13 percent.

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