China may take 18 years to 'clear air' under country's anti-pollution campaign

Sydney, June 17 (ANI): China could take 18 years to bring air quality within acceptable standards, analysts have said.

China has announced new measures to combat pollution by slashing emissions from major polluting industries and holding local officials responsible.

According to, the problem of air pollution has led to discontent across the country, with levels of particulate matter in Beijing measured at 40 times above World Health Organisation limits this year.

Deutsche Bank, in a report, said that the measures announced by the State Council, including holding local officials responsible for air quality, and reducing emissions from key polluting industries by 30 percent within five years, amount to a milestone in the country's anti-pollution campaign.

But the bank cautioned that efforts to improve air quality 'could last for 18 years'.

According to the report, Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, one of China's best-known environmental advocacy groups, said the measures were 'a response to public concerns'.

He said that the new measures, which include a pledge to give local leaders targets for improving air quality, could provide them with new motivation to reduce pollution.

Air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths and 25 million healthy years of life lost in China in 2010, the US-based Health Effects Institute reported in March. (ANI)


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