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- Air Pollution in Jing-Jin-Ji Worsened in First Half of 2017
The air quality in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei province (collectively known as Jing-Jin-Ji) deteriorated in the first half of the year, with the concentration of two key cancer-causing pollutants rising markedly, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.
The concentration of PM2.5 fine particulate matter in the area rose by 14.3% to 72 micrograms per cubic meter of air in the first six months. The concentration of PM10 particles went up by 13.2% to 129 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
As a result, only 100 clear-sky days were recorded in the Jing-Jin-Ji area in the first half of the year, down from 111 days in the same period last year.
The ministry attributed the spike in air pollution to several bouts of foul air in January and February.