Beijing's air pollution levels have been on a steady decline ever since the government's 2013 air quality action plan
was taken into effect. In fact, the major steel plant shutdowns
and heavy restrictions on coal caused a 54 percent drop in air pollution levels in the past year, data shows
. Unfortunately, the same now can't be said for our friends down south.
Shanghai's PM2.5 levels have risen by 9 percent in the last three months, overtaking Beijing. According to Greenpeace publication Unearthed
, this is due to the shift in industrial output from regions around the capital to other economic hubs – such as Shenzhen and Shanghai – thus a rise in emission levels.
Unless Shanghai implements stringent anti-pollution policies, the city may soon assume the mantle of China's most polluted major city. Time to think about wearing a mask, Shanghaiers.