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21 Small Particles, Big Breakthrough: A Report on the Air Quality Information Transparency Index in 113 Cities in 2012

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In 2011, extensive and lingering air pollution occurred in certain parts of China, causing deep public concerns. To respond to public calls for information disclosure, the Chinese government finished the amendment to the Ambient Air Quality Standard early in 2012. To help the public precisely understand the trends and extent of such change and promote further improvement of air quality information transparency, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs decided to once again conduct an urban air quality information transparency index (AQTI) assessment in an expanded scope of 113 cities. The results show that, remarkable progress has been made in these cities in monitoring and information disclosure of air quality. The significant breakthrough, confirmed in this report, is that legal and regulatory requirements for information disclosure have been greatly raised, and that a batch of cities has improved their monitoring and information disclosure of fine particles and other pollutants.

Keywords: Ambient Air Quality Standard; AQTI assessment; China; Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs



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