Beijing Stands Up Against Air Polluters, Creates Anti-Smog Police
Beijing, the capital of China, is a place that has seen much in its existence. It has seen the rise and fall of many great conquerors and politicians. It is one of the oldest cities in all of China and proudly represents its industry to the world. One of the many things that bring down Beijing's reputation, however, is its pollution. In the recent years, Beijing has seen a great increase in pollution, causing danger to its citizens and making it a hazardous environment for many people young and old alike. Thankfully, Beijing has decided to do something about the creeping monster that is pollution by battling it one step at a time in its many forms, the first and foremost adversary being air pollution.
The smog has grown rampant over time in Beijing, and so, according to The Guardian, the police force they will be creating to tackle such an issue will be doing such tasks as patrolling the streets, keeping their eyes open for things such as open-air barbecues, trash burning and dusty roads that violate regulations, as stated by the mayor of Beijing, Cai Qi. In addition to cracking down on the smog of Beijing, the city will also help do its part by shutting down their final coal-powered power plant as well as reducing their coal consumption by up to 30 percent this year. 500 factories as well as 300,000 older vehicles will be taken off the road, according to the mayor.
Daily Mail states that they had started this war nearly three years ago. According to the mayor, it was weak law enforcement and lad supervision that turned out to be the result of the non-compliance and disregard for the regulations. The smog was so thick that it would even blanket cities and disrupt flights, port operations and schools, and was mostly caused because of the use of coal for winter heating and unfavorable weather conditions. Despite their heavy pollution, members of Beijing remain strong and confident in improving their pollution, as China had announced recently that they would be investing 2.5 trillion yuan (about $361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020.