According to a report released by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) on March 12, China still has a long way to go to meet international air quality standards, but research shows that “China is winning the war against pollution.” An analysis using daily data from more than 200 monitors throughout the country between 2013 and 2017 finds that the concentration of fine particulates (PM2.5) has been reduced by 32 percent on average in just four years.” If China sustains these reductions, the average life expectancy of Chinese residents will increase by 2.4 years.”

Beijing cut air pollution by 35 percent, and Baoding, China’s most polluted city as of 2015, cut pollution by 38 percent. Michael Greenstone, director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, said, “I’m unaware of any country achieving such large reductions in pollution in such a short period of time. It’s great.”

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