Beijing and surrounding areas reported better air quality in the first month of 2018 as major air pollutants plummeted, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a statement Monday.
In 13 cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, "good air" days accounted for 64.5 percent of the total last month on average, up by 28.3 percentage points from a year ago, the statement said. Beijing saw the biggest improvement as the proportion of days with blue skies reached 80.6 percent.
No serious air pollution was registered in Beijing last month, the ministry said.
Nationwide, the 338 cities monitored by the ministry reported good air quality on 68.6 percent of the days in January, up by 8.6 percentage points year on year.
Provinces around Beijing are home to major steel-makers, coal mines, aluminum producers and chemical plants. They are also at the forefront of the country's fight against air pollution.
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