The following is an excerpt from The Associated Press | January 7, 2017 | Bloomberg.com |
Beijing (AP) -- Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad in the latest effort to fight China's persistent problems with heavy smog.
According to state media, Beijing's acting mayor said Saturday that the new police force will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and the burning of wood and other biomass.
Beijing and dozens of cities in China spend many winter days under a thick, gray haze, caused chiefly by thousands of coal-burning factories and a surplus of older, inefficient vehicles.
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