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Fireworks ban pays off as Beijing records best air quality for Chinese New Year’s eve

BEIJING: A ban on fireworks forward of the Beijing Winter Olympics helped China’s capital report its cleanest air for a Chinese New Year because it first began monitoring air pollution, recognized as PM2.5, 9 years in the past.

Average concentrations of PM2.5 – small, hazardous airborne particles – stood at 5 micrograms per cubic metre in Beijing on Monday night time (Jan 31), in contrast with a mean of 289 micrograms for the Chinese New Year’s eve in 2021.

The Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau gave particulars of the readings in a press release on Tuesday.

Traditionally, Chinese individuals have celebrated Chinese New Year’s eve by lighting firecrackers, hoping to eliminate unhealthy luck.

But this 12 months Beijing launched a full ban on fireworks, having beforehand solely banning them within the metropolis centre.



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