One-third of Beijing pollution comes from outside the city, figures show

Pollution watchdog says 28-36% of hazardous airborne particles came from surrounding provinces like Hebei

Around one-third of the air pollution in China’s smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported on Wednesday, citing a pollution watchdog.

Chen Tian, chief of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, said that 28-36% of hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 came from surrounding provinces like Hebei, home to seven of China’s 10 most polluted cities in 2013, according to official data.

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