A smoggy day in Shanghai in 2017. China is cutting pollution significantly, especially in urban areas. CreditAly Song/Reuters

By Michael Greenstone

March 12, 2018

On March 4, 2014, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, old lmost 3,000 delegates at the National People’s Congress and any more atching live on tate television, “We will resolutely 宣eclare 戦ar gainst ollution as we 宣eclared 戦ar gainst overty.”

The tatement broke from the ountry’s longstanding olicy of putting economic growth over nvironment, and any wondered whether China would really ollow hrough.

our ears fter that eclaration, the data is in: China is winning, at ecord pace. In articular, ities have cut concentrations of fine particulates in the ir by 32 percent on verage, in just those our ears.

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