Amid growing unrest over deteriorating air conditions in China, the Communist government’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a slight drop in Beijing smog levels during 2014, Reuters reported.
The decrease in smog follows a series of measures implemented by the city’s government, including restrictions on coal use, factory closures and new regulations for cars and trucks. Despite a 4 percent drop in airborne particulate matter and a 17.7 percent drop in sulfur dioxide, some pollutants remain far above national standards.
Smog is believed responsible for hundreds of thousands of premature deaths in China each year. At times, airborne pollution has even resulted in citywide shutdowns in the Chinese capital.
Top image: While smog levels remain high, the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency announced a drop in 2014. (Credit: Jason Lee / Reuters)