Beijing's air pollution levels have been on a steady decline ever since the government's 2013 air quality action plan
was taken into effect. In fact, the major steel plant shutdowns and heavy restrictions on coal caused a 54 percent drop in air pollution levels in the past year, data shows
. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case for Shanghai.
Shanghai's PM2.5 levels have risen by 9 percent in the last three months, overtaking the capital. According to Green Peace publication, Unearthed
, this is due to the shift in industrial output from regions around Beijing to other economic hubs –
such as Shenzhen and our very own Shanghai –
thus a rise in emission levels.
For now, it seems that Shanghai will be taking over Beijing's reputation as the China's most polluted major city –
unless, with much hope, Shanghai meets its goals for year 2025
. Maybe time to think about wearing a mask