Taking a leaf from Beijing's book to fight smog

Beijing turned its fate through an unprecedented nationwide clean-up popularly known as the Blue Skies campaign and may soon exit the list of the world's 200 most polluted cities.
Beijing turned its fate through an unprecedented nationwide clean-up popularly known as the Blue Skies campaign and may soon exit the list of the world's 200 most polluted cities.PHOTO: AFP

BANGALORE • Delhi today may be the globe's most polluted capital, but that toxic trophy was once held by Beijing.

In 2014, the Chinese capital was deemed "almost uninhabitable" for humans. But this changed through an unprecedented nationwide clean-up programme popularly known as the Blue Skies campaign and Beijing may soon exit the list of the world's 200 most polluted cities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2019, with the headline 'Taking a leaf from Beijing's book to fight smog'. Print Edition | Subscribe