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Shanghai’s New Air Quality mascot

Shanghai’s Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) recently updated how it communicates daily air quality via its website and Weibo account.  Shanghai has one of the best websites for accessing information about air quality, including real-time pollution data in pollutant concentrations and Air Quality Index (AQI) readings. They also give you a bar chart of AQI readings for […]

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China’s new Air Quality Index: How does it measure up?

Earlier this month, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) released the official (trial) revisions to the Ambient Air Quality Index (AQI, which is a notable shift from its previous form as the Air Pollution Index, or API).  I wrote last February about how the MEP was already revising the API to be more in line with the […]

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Clearing the Haze

This post originally appeared on China Dialogue. China’s move to start measuring deadly air pollutant PM 2.5 for the first time signals a shift towards greater openness on the state of the environment, writes Angel Hsu.  The news late last month from China’s environment ministry that it plans to bring one of the country’s most […]

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China amends air quality measures but misses key pollutant – PM 2.5

China amends air quality measures but misses key pollutant – PM 2.5

The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has been drafting new proposals (see rough Google translation in English here) to amend former daily reporting of the Air Pollution Index (API), which has been used the last 20 years to communicate air quality and health hazards posed by air pollution on any given day. In 2000 the MEP (then the State Environmental Protection Agency, or SEPA) began reporting a daily API for 42 cities; now, data for 113 cities are available from the China National Environmental Monitoring Center.

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