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Xinhua Insight: Smog-plagued China seeking greener growth

English.news.cn   2014-01-18 16:43:30

SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Two weeks before the Spring Festival, policeman Song Jian vowed on his Sina Weibo account not to set off firecrackers during the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year festival, which falls on January 31 this year.

Song works for the Public Security Bureau in the city of Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, which has frequently been smothered by heavy smog this winter.

Fireworks and firecrackers will result in more air pollution, Song said, adding that he is just doing his part to battle the smog.

Suffocating smog has stretched from northern cities to China's southern regions this winter, hitting the eastern cities of Nanjing and Hangzhou, and even Haikou, capital of the country's southernmost island province of Hainan, known for its tropical landscape.

The concept of "unity of man and nature," showing the harmonious relationship between the two, has been cherished in traditional Chinese culture, said Wang Tao, an expert on climate and energy issues. Wang runs a program that examines China's climate and energy policies at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Along with China's rapid economic growth over the past three decades, the smog problem emerged in the process of the country's industrial modernization, said Wang.

He called for regulating economic activities and individual behaviors through strict laws to help people gradually develop the habit of protecting the environment, calling it a most urgent task at present.

Increased air pollutants brought about by the ever-growing consumption of fossil energy is blamed for the frequent hazy weather in China, according to "The Green Book of Climate Change" jointly issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and China Meteorological Administration in November 2013.

The air pollutants mainly come from emissions of thermal power stations, industrial production, especially heavy chemical industries, vehicle exhaust, heating systems in winter, household consumption and dust of the ground, the green book revealed.

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Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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