BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang says it will be a long process to resolve environmental problems and has called on joint actions to combat air pollution.
His remarks come in response to the heavy smog that has blanketed many cities across China. Li said China must change the extensive economic growth mode and eliminate the backward production capacity that harms the country’s ecology. He pointed out that China must both step up enforcement of environmental protection laws and remind people to improve their own awareness of air pollution. He also said it’s necessary to release data from the PM2.5 air quality index to the public.
Beijing has now lifted its yellow fog and orange haze warnings. Light snow fell on Beijing Monday night, helping the capital drive away the fog and haze. On Wednesday, a cold front is expected to sweep south through China, and bring up to force 5 winds. The wind’s arrival should also brighten conditions in Central and East China.