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Environment improves in 2015, pollution still severe


04-26-2016 00:08 BJT

China's Ministry of Environmental Protection on Monday reported the environment conditions in 2015 to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. The report says China's environmental quality improved in 2015, but problems such as pollution, ecosystem damage, and environmental risks remain serious. 

"Currently, the situation is still severe for our environmental protection. The tolerating capacity of resources and environment is close to or already has reached the upper limit. The ecosystem, especially air, water and earth, are seriously polluted," said Chen Jining, Minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The minister said China's air quality was on an improving trend in 2015, but pollution was still serious. Only 21.6 percent of prefecture-level cities' air condition reached the standard. The report also said China's surface water quality that reached or surpassed good-quality level-three came in at 64.5 percent. That was 14.6 percent higher than in 2010. 

Nearly 80 percent of China's poor quality water includes the Haihe, Huaihe, Liaohe and Yellow rivers. Ground pollution was most serious in the deltas of the Yangtze and Pearl rivers and the old industrial bases in Northeastern China.

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