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By Ordoh Staff. Published on Feb 24, 2014. 0
The air pollution in China has reached to intolerable levels and climate change adviser of the government suggests the country must cuts its reliance on coal aggressively.
Director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Li Junfeng, said at a conference in Beijing the pollution in the country is at an unbearable stage and is like a smoker who is to quit smoking immediately to save oneself from lung cancer risk.
Meanwhile, the authorities have already urged factories to shut polluting and have also pledged to limit number of cars. Also, the dirty water and air in the country is damaging health of the people.
Currently China uses coat to get about 65 percent of its energy.
The comments of Li came just a day after the pollution alert color of Beijing was changed to orange, the second highest level after red. Concentration of PM2.5 has been found in high level in the air that poses greatest risk to human health.
Today at around 11 a.m. (local time) the PM2.5 levels near Tiananmen Square rose to 239 micrograms per cubic meter and it has averaged 228 in past 24 hours.
In other parts of central and northern China too higher levels of pollution were reported. At 10 a.m. (local time) today in Shijiazhuang the PM2.5 levels were 309 micrograms, in Xingtai it was 431 and in Yangquan it was 356.
Last month the Ministry of Environment Protection issued local authorities to cut levels of major air pollutants to 2.5 percent by 2017 from the current 5 percent.
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