All signs were pointing to a banner year in air quality for 2015. You had increased awareness, green initiatives, and government measures all in place. Unfortunately, the air quality in Shanghai actually worsened in 2015. We're not talking about just a little bit, either.
Shanghai's environment authorities recently announced that the number of high-pollution days in the city doubled versus 2014, with the number of good days falling by 6% during the same period. As I published back in August, the calculations for the air quality in China leave a little to be desired. That means these figures are likely a best-case scenario.
So...what happened? It's very difficult to gauge the specific why, when, and how of air pollution. There are likely three reasons:
So...what to do? The government has already banned Chinese New Year fireworks from within the center of Shanghai this year. They could also:
In the meantime, it's important that everyone knows how to keep themselves safe on days with low air quality. If you don't, check out my article here.
Oh, and hey. If you learned something, pass this on to someone else too.