Beijing to drop out from the list of the world’s top 200 most-polluted cities

China’s capital of Beijing is on track to drop out from the list of the world’s top 200 most-polluted cities this year, with dangerous smog concentration falling to its lowest record in August, according to data compiled by IQAir AirVisual. Beijing is set to reduce levels of small, lung-damaging particulate matter known as PM2.5 by almost 20% this year compared with 2018, and by almost a third from 2017. Beijing has been on the frontline of a war on pollution launched in 2014 and has worked to shut down and relocate polluting industries, improve fuel and emission standards and reduce coal consumption both in the city and in surrounding regions. India, are we taking a cue?

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