China: Smog measures cut Beijing's pollution by 30 percent

China: Smog measures cut Beijing's pollution by 30 percent

BEIJING (AP) — China's environment ministry says pollutants were reduced by a third in Beijing during this week's temporary restrictions to reduce heavy smog, which included taking half the city's cars off the roads.

Beijing's authorities ordered limits on cars, factories & construction sites for three days during a red alert for smog starting Tuesday. They moreover told schools to close.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the emergency measures cut pollutant emissions by 30 percent from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

p>Beijing imposed the red-alert — the highest on a four-color scale — following a forecast of high pollution for three consecutive days.

On Thursday, the air quality had improved to a moderate level from previously hazardous levels, according to the U.S. Embassy's air quality index.

Source: “Associated Press”