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Published on : Apr 01, 2014

Beijing – China’s high-polluting, energy hungry industries in the country continued to grow at a high rate in 2013 that put great pressures on the environmental conditions and other conservational factors worsening the air quality and country’s pollution level.  

For long China has struggled to strike a strong balance between maintaining the economic growth and the environment. It is very slow in reforming its own resource-intensive economy. The country is facing a slow growth in restructuring and upgrading technologies in the industries. The mode of development still remains extremely crude in China, and speaking of emissions of atmospheric pollutants, they have long surpassed the environmental capacity, said the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a statement on its website (www.mep.gov.cn).

China witnessed a wide range of changing environments ranging from fast pacing urbanization that brought dust from new road building and new housing, increasing emissions, slower wind speeds, and so on. China was seen as a spectacular factor in terms of additional contribution last year, however, only three out of 74 other Chinese cities completely conformed to the state pollution standards in 2013.

Furthermore the official Xinhua news agency commented that the meteorological office had issued another heavy smog alert for its neighboring city of Tianjin, Beijing, and for the province of Hebei. The smog will be dispersed by a cold front until Friday, said the report. 

Despite the several pledges in the past for the environment improvement, Beijing sees no improvement yet, and thus the mayor promised to spend 15 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) on improving the air quality for this current year.

Environmental pollution still remains an increasing concern for China\'s leaders. There are affluent city dwellers that have destroyed the entire economic model and tainted much of the country\'s water, air, and soil.