“In order to improve air quality and create a better environment for you and your family, we are asking for fewer fireworks, or none at all,” said a representative of the authorities in Beijing.
In China, there are often uncontrolled explosions of fireworks during the New Year celebrations. On Friday, a truck carrying fireworks explodd, and 26 people were killed.
Fireworks are fired for several days, releasing countless billions of harmful particles into the atmosphere.
In January, Beijing was repeatedly enveloped in dense smog, and the air pollution index has repeatedly exceeded the acceptable standard, reaching levels that are health threatening.
There was an increase at hospitals treating people with respiratory problems.
Air pollution in the capital of the PRC is primarily caused by carbon-based energy and the constantly increasing number of cars.
The streets of Beijing have an increase of around 250 thousand vehicles per year.Source: chiny24 – “Pekin prosi: Mniej fajerwerków na Nowy Rok”
- Pollution prompts Beijing to urge fewer New Year fireworks (wantchinatimes.com)
- Pollution-hit Beijing residents asked to cut back on New Year fireworks (guardian.co.uk)
- China plans emergency measures to control Beijing air pollution (chinadailymail.com)