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China's ecological environment improves in 2019


China saw progress in ecological environment protection as the quality of air, surface water and oceans improved in 2019,?according to the 2019 national ecological environment quality report released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on May 7.

Forty-three common redshanks, or sandpipers, were spotted in Qinghuahai National Wetland Park in Baoshan, Yunnan province, recently. [Photo/China Daily]

The share of good air quality days in China's 337 cities at or above the prefecture level hit 82 percent in 2019, said the report.

Meanwhile, the impact of the heavily polluted weather mitigated in 2019, with a notable decrease in the peak concentration, pollution intensity, duration and impact scope, compared with previous years, it noted.

According to the report, the share of surface water with a good quality rating at grade III or above was up 3.9 percentage points year on year, while the worst-rated water quality decreased by 3.3 percentage points over the last year.

Improvement was also seen in nationwide rivers and lakes. The proportion of major rivers with a good water quality increased by 4.8 percentage points in 2019.


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