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Chinese Government Pushes For Online Real-Time Pollution Data
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jan/29/chinese-government-pushes-online-real-time-polluti/
Source Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: China
Created: Jan 29, 2014

From the beginning of this year, Chinese factories are required to report air emissions hourly and wastewater discharges every two hours and share the data with the public online.

A total of approximately 15,000 factories have been identified by the authorities, of which 4,000 are already publishing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Most of the factories listed by the authorities are in the power sectors, with others in industries such as iron, steel and smelting, cement manufacturing, and chemical.

According to a recent report by China’ Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, 179 cities in China are already sharing their real-time air quality information, as of 2 January 2014.

Residents living in those cities can access air quality information online via their mobile devices.

Some cities have also developed emergency contingency plans in the event that air pollution becomes severe.

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