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MagazineMar 4, 2015
Awareness of the dangers of Beijing's skies is on the rise, thanks to growing data on its air quality. Rising public discontent over the state of the environment has proved a powerful catalyst for change amid signs the government is starting to take the environment seriously. China will "declare war on pollution," Premier Li Keqiang told parliament in an opening address in 2014. A tougher environmental law took effect on January 1 this year.
Researchers work at a lab to analyze air quality at Beijing municipal environmental monitoring centre December 1, 2014. The centre has 35 satellite monitoring stations to detect air quality in the capital and release the level of pollutant data to the public after collecting and analyzing sample of the air, the centre said. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS