Across China: Industry City Sets Example of Action in Pollution Control

LANZHOU, China, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — It was with some reluctance that Ma Xiaobing upgraded his kebab stall by investing in a smoke control device, but he is doing much better business now.

“In the past, we roasted four legs of lamb each day. Currently, we need about 20 a day,” said Ma from Lanzhou, Gansu Province. “There are more diners and we are busier than ever.”

Lanzhou, a city at the Yellow River valley in the country’s arid northwest, was once among China’s most polluted cities. Pollution was so bad that people even joked that the town did not show up on satellite images.

Strong pollution control measures have lowered PM10 and PM2.5 densities in the city to less than 75 percent of 2013 levels. Last year, the annual number of blue sky days increased by 50 to reach 243.

The provincial capital has become “a model of air quality improvement,” according to a central inspection team. Annual coal consumption in the city has been reduced from 10 million tonnes in 2012 to around six million tonnes last year. Continue reading “Across China: Industry City Sets Example of Action in Pollution Control”