Forty-one major cities in China's
Yangtze River Delta have experienced a significant improvement in air
quality, with a 31.4-percent decline in the average concentration of
PM2.5 during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), a Shanghai
environment official said at a news conference on Friday.
cities' average density of PM2.5 was 35 micrograms per cubic meter in
2020, meeting the country's second-level air quality standard, said Bai
Guoqiang, chief engineer of the Shanghai municipal bureau of ecology and
concentration of PM2.5 was 32 micrograms per cubic meter in 2020, 36
percent lower than the reading in 2015 and down from 35 micrograms per
cubic meter in 2019.
reading is a gauge monitoring airborne particles of 2.5 microns or less
in diameter, which can penetrate deep into people's lungs.
2019, China unveiled an outline for the regional integrated development
of the Yangtze River Delta, which includes Shanghai and the provinces
of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui.
delta region is one of the country's most economically active, open and
innovative regions, and produces about one-fourth of the national GDP.