China to Reward Cities and Regions Making Progress on Air Pollution
A total of 10 billion RMB, or $1.65 billion, will be offered as an incentive to cities and regions that make “significant progress” in air pollution control. This expresses the government’s previous difficulties to enforce environmental regulations. By now Beijing ranked second worst in environmental conditions in a report on the livability of 40 world cities released by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. China has surpassed the U.S.A. as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and the biggest coal consumer in the world, with coal burning being the major cause of air pollution in China.