China decries Shenyang pollution called ‘worst ever’ by activists

BBC News
Date: 10 November 2015

Chinese state media and netizens have criticised high pollution levels in the northeast city of

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pollution is a perennial problem in the industrial northeast of China
Image copyright AFP
Image caption Pollution is a perennial problem in the industrial northeast of China

Shenyang, which activists have said could be the “worst ever” air quality seen in the country.

On Sunday pollution readings were about 50 times higher than that considered safe by the World Health Organization.

State media have blamed the local government for the thick smog.

Pollution is a perennial problem in China’s northeast, home to heavy industries including coal mining.

In some parts of Shenyang, Sunday’s readings of tiny particulate which can get into the lungs, known as PM 2.5, exceeded 1,400 mg per cubic metre, according to state media People’s Daily.

The WHO recommends a maximum 24-hour average of 25 mg per cubic metre.

“As far as we are aware from the data we have been observing over the past few years, this is the highest ever PM 2.5 level recording” in the country, Dong Liansai a campaigner with environmental group Greenpeace, told AFP news agency.     [FULL  STORY]

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