China Considers Barbeue Bans After Soaring Pollution And Smog Levels

China Considers Barbecues Ban To Combat Soaring Smog And Pollution Levels

Severe air pollution and soaring smog levels in China have prompted the country’s environmental watchdog to consider a ban on barbecues in densely populated urban areas.

After draft guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) earlier this month advising legislative control of barbecues in cities to cut emissions of pollutants, on Wednesday an anonymous MEP official said the guidelines were designed to provide a package solution to the country’s PM2.5 air pollution problem.

PM2.5 refers to fine particulate matter that is 2.5 microns or less in diamter, which can embed in people’s lungs, China Daily reports.

The MEP official called on the public to stop barbecuing in cities and adopting a variety of environmentally-friendly changes. These include reducing energy consumption in the cooking process, and abstaining from using firecrackers in celebrations.

The MEP’s guidelines are a response to the extreme pollution that choked Beijing and large areas of northern China last month that left many residents literally breathless.

Soaring smog levels resulted in health fears and anger from residents, many of whom donned face masks. At the time the pollution in the capital was blamed on emissions from coal-burning in power stations and exhaust fumes from vehicles, and led to Beijing ordering the emergency closure of factories.

Chinese Residents Routinely Wear Face Masks In Their Daily Lives Due To Soaring Pollution And Smog Levels