China launches hourly air quality data index
Friday 26 November 2010
China has started publishing hourly air-quality information for major cities across the country as the world's top source of greenhouse gas emissions tries to rein in its notorious pollution.
The levels of sulfur and nitrogen dioxide as well as particulate matter in 113 major cities will be updated every hour and published online under the new system launched Thursday by the China National Environmental Monitoring Centre.
The new system will "satisfy the people's right to know information about the environment," the centre was quoted by state media as saying.
It will "play a crucial role in air pollution prevention and control".
Beijing started publishing daily air quality reports a decade ago using information from more than 2,000 air-quality monitoring stations across the vast country, the official Xinhua news agency said.
China - which this week admitted it is the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter - has some of the world's worst air pollution after rapid growth over the past 30 years triggered widespread environmental damage.
The US embassy in Beijing already runs an hourly air quality index for the city that is published on social networking site Twitter and was set up as an alternative to official Chinese data widely criticised as downplaying pollution levels.
The embassy's index caused a stir on Twitter last week when it described pollution levels in the capital as "crazy bad". The phrase was later deleted by the embassy.
Global warming ‘will make our winters colder’
Ladybirds are invading our houses this autumn, often in their thousands. What's going on?
Here are the top 10 trees nominated for 'tree of the year'
Humanity's 'inexorable' population growth is so rapid that even a global catastrophe would not stop it
The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Nigel Farage and Frankie Boyle clash over Andrew Lawrence's 'Mock the Week' criticism
£24000 - £25000 Per Annum plus company car and commission: Clearwater People S...
£45 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Supply SEN Support Jobs in Bris...
£45 - £60 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Supply SEN Support Jobs in Glou...
£18000 - £20400 per annum + Accommodation, Flights, Medical Cover: Randstad Ed...