China saw progress in its ecological environment protection as the quality of air, surface water and oceans improved in 2019, according to the 2019 Report on the State of the Ecology and Environment (in Chinese) released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on 2 June.
The report stated that the share of good air quality days in China’s 337 cities at or above the prefecture level hit 82 percent in 2019. Meanwhile, the impact of air pollution was mitigated in 2019, with a notable decrease in peak concentration, pollution intensity, duration and impact scope compared with previous years.
According to the report, the share of surface water with a good quality rating was up 3.9 percentage points year on year, while the worst-rated water quality decreased by 3.3 percentage points over the last year. Improvement was also seen in the nation’s rivers and lakes. The proportion of major rivers with a good water quality increased by 4.8 percentage points in 2019.
The Chinese government has published annual reports on the state of its environment since 1989. They can be downloaded from MEE’s website in Chinese and in English.
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