Beijing air quality ranks 3rd from bottom

Updated: 2012-04-20 16:29


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Beijing's air quality ranked third from the bottom among China's 31 provincial capitals and municipalities, Beijing News reported.

The 2012 China Environment Green Paper was composed and published on April 19 by Friends of Nature, an environmental protection NGO.

The green paper analyzes China's serious polluting accidents of the last year, and concludes that usually after such accidents, no preventative actions were taken.

It was a delightful beginning that citizens in Beijing launched an action to monitor PM 2.5, leading to a non-government environmental protection campaign.

The president of Friends of Nature said it was absolutely necessary to change the temporary remedy situation and come up with a prevention-first administration mode. Public participation was likely to become the major power in improving the environment.

2011 China Provincial Capitals and Municipalities Environment Rankings

  1 Haikou

  2 Kunming

  3 Lhasa

  4 Guangzhou

  5 Fuzhou

  6 Nanning

  7 Guiyang

  8 Hohhot

  9 Nanchang

  10 Changchun

  11 Changsha

  12 Shanghai

  13 Yinchuan

  14 Hangzhou

  15 Shenyang

  16 Chongqing

  17 Tianjin

  18 Shijiazhuang

  19 Chengdu

  20 Nanjing

  21 Jinan

  22 Xining

  23 Harbin

  24 Zhengzhou

  25 Taiyuan

  26 Wuhan

  27 Xi'an

  28 Hefei

  29 Beijing

  30 Urumqi

  31 Lanzhou

(Rankings measured the days with first-grade and second-grade air quality in a year. Data are from air quality daily reports issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.)