The level of air pollutants in Beijing’s air fell to a level deemed safe by China’s national standards in January, according to the city’s environmental protection bureau. This is the first time the Chinese capital’s air quality has achieved this monthly target.
The average level of PM2.5—small particles that are hazardous to health—in Beijing’s air in January was 34 micrograms per cubic meter, according to the South China Morning Post. This is just below the national standard of 35 micrograms, which was first set by the Chinese government in 2012.
The city had “good” or “excellent” days of air quality in January, according to the Beijing bureau, and the level of recorded pollutants was more than 70% lower than during the same period the previous month. Beijing’s air quality was the eighth-highest in China last month.