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Air quality improves in first half of year

Residents in Shanghai breathed better air in the first half of this year, the city’s legislature was told yesterday.

The average concentration of PM2.5 particles dropped to 31 micrograms per cubic meter, 11.4 percent lower than the same period last year, while the ratio of days with air quality index marked as good or excellent increased by 6 percentage points.

The government said it will compile action plans for achieving carbon peaks for the energy and electricity, industry, transportation, new infrastructure and architecture sectors in the second half of this year and continue to enhance its management of air, water and soil pollution.

Residents of old neighborhoods in central districts have better living conditions. Refitting of 530,000 square meters of the oldest neighborhoods was completed by the end of June, while the goal for this year is 700,000 square meters.

In total the government invested 3.6 billion yuan (US$55.42 million) in public service projects covering senior care, shared electric car charging facilities, green space and jogging tracks.

The city will continue to increase the vaccination rate of residents against COVID-19 in the latter half of this year.


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