Environmental Protection Policies in China Need Stricter Implementation

Environmental Protection Policies in China Need Stricter Implementation

In the first half of December 2013, a large-scale-smog occurred in eastern China, which affected twenty-five provinces and more than 100 cities. Data from a popular online shopping website shows that in 2013, customers have spent 870 million Yuan on buying masks, air purification machines, and indoor trackmills. The top five cities and provinces that bought the most masks were Beijing, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Shanghai. China has been taxing air pollution fees for more than thirty years, and the earliest policy in this area was carried out in 1982. According to Hu Jing, professor from the Chinese University of Politics and Law, the legal framework on regulating air pollution is relatively comprehensive and does not need much modification. “The most necessary change is to increase the emission standard and to practice strict implementation,” said Hu. Many cities ha...

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