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Pollution measures for public feedback (3)

By Li Jing (China Daily)

08:21, November 17, 2011

Major cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, have experienced chronic haze as a result of the surge in vehicle ownership and coal use in recent years.

"China is among the worst polluted places, by particulate matter, in the world and the concentrations of PM2.5 in most Chinese cities is several times higher than the safe levels indicated by the WHO," said Hao Jiming, a professor from the School of Environment at Tsinghua University.

During the past month, public pressure has been mounting for the government to strengthen monitoring and publish more accurate air quality evaluations.

Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, told China Daily that he welcomed the new standards.

"Because, at the end of the day, it is individuals who have to suffer from the bad consequences and the country's health system has to pay," Steiner said.

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