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Complaints about air pollution in China's capital double in five months

Published on Jun 14, 2014 4:00 PM
Cars drive on the Three Ring Road amid heavy haze in Beijing in this Feb 26, 2014, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Complaints about air pollution in the Chinese capital of Beijing more than doubled in the first five months of 2014, the city environment authority said, a sign of rising public anger about the cost of rapid economic growth.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Bureau revealed late on Friday that 12,599 formal complaints about smog were lodged by members of the public from January to May, 124 per cent higher than the same period of last year.

Beijing, routinely shrouded in hazardous smog, has been on the front line of a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang in March in a bid to head off growing discontent about the state of the country's skies, rivers and soil.

Smog was involved in 72.6 per cent of the total number of environment-related complaints submitted to the Beijing authorities from January to May, the environmental bureau said.

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