On September 12, China released “Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Action Plan” and vowed to use a multi-pronged approach to tackle the country’s air pollution on the central government’s official website. The new plan includes 10 specific measures and corresponding goals to be achieved by 2017, such as cutting total coal consumption by 1.8%, to below 65% of total primary energy use, and raising the share of non-fossil fuel energy by 1.6% to 13% . The plan also calls for the addition of 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas pipeline to boost transmission capacity by the end of 2015. As the most polluted city in China, Beijing will introduce the Beijing Air Pollution Prevention Act by the end of the year, which will be the first local air pollution control regulations in China. The drafting of the national Air Pollution Prevention Law is already underway. (The Guardian, China.org.cn, Xinhuanet, September 12, 2013)

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