China’s war on pollution, making cities more breathable

BEIJING: China’s commitment to green initiatives has transformed its cities, resulting in improved livability and air quality. It’s truly remarkable how China has taken on the battle against pollution and emerged victorious.
In 2014, the Chinese government declared a “War Against Pollution” to tackle pollution with the same determination the country took in its battle against poverty. Over the past years, the Chinese government has implemented various methods to improve air and water quality.
Sandstorms, which were quite common 15 years ago, are now rarely seen due to afforestation projects on China’s northern borders. The photos show some of the reasons contributing to the cities’ clear blue skies. Nearly all taxis and more and more cars are electric. They are visible with green number plates. The metro is the world’s busiest. In the city, buses are electric and there are sharing bikes at metro stations and local centers.
Figures show 60% of the world’s electric cars, 70% of high speed green rail, 60% of metros and 95% of electic buses run in China alone.
Electric Public Transportation has played a major role in reducing the country’s Air Quality Index (AQI) level to the minimum.
Beijing boasts the world’s busiest metro system. Sixty percent of the world’s metro systems are in China, offering a clean and efficient alternative to cars. It efficiently transports millions of passengers daily, reducing the reliance on individual cars.
The city’s buses have also gone electric, further minimizing pollution. These buses operate from metro stations and local centers, providing convenient and eco-friendly transportation. An astounding 95% of electric buses worldwide operate in China, making public transportation greener.
The High-Speed Green Rail in China operates 70% of the world’s high-speed green rail network, connecting cities efficiently while minimizing environmental impact. –Agencies