How bad is China's pollution crisis
The number of pollution sources in China has increased by more than half in eight years.
Air Quality in China is on very hazardous levels and Chinese people in affected areas are struggling to breath clean air.
A sandstorm hit the country's capital recently amid already high smog pushing Beijing's air quality index (AQI) to hazardous levels on Wednesday morning, triggering an alert late on Tuesday from the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
The number of pollution sources in China has increased by more than half in eight years, the environment ministry said on Thursday as it embarks on a nationwide survey to determine the damage done by more than 30 years of untrammelled growth.
The announcement from the newly minted Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) underlines the challenges facing China, in its fifth year of a war on air, water and soil pollution, as it tries to crack down on data fraud and improve monitoring.
Following the recent spike in PM 2.5 levels, China's environment ministry has also urged 28 northern cities to shut factories to tackle a bout of heavy smog in the region, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Tuesday, a sign that tough winter curbs could be extended for the rest of the year.
The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said on Sunday that it had told cities to take emergency action to tackle this week's smog and to strengthen supervision. The Shanghai Securities News said the notice also included measures to shut or reduce output at a selected number of plants in the region.