Beijng-Tianjin-Hebei Province, the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, municipalities and provincial capitals, altogether 74 cities will start monitoring of air quality by the new standard upon Jan. 1, 2013. Monitoring items for release include six pollutants, namely SO2, NO2, PM10, O3, CO and PM2.5and AQI. Among the six pollutants, O3 information includes one-hour concentration and 8-hour moving average concentration of all monitoring sites. Released data of other pollutants include one-hour average and the respective air quality index, 24-hour average and the respective air quality index of each monitoring site. As to the timing of release, real-time level and air quality index of pollutants of each monitoring site will be released on a hour basis so that the public can learn the air quality in time. The content of information intends to provide guidance on public health and give a reference to facilitate people’s daily life arrangement. The information will be released through various channels including the websites of EPBs, Chinese twittering, mobile phones and television.
Source: Ministry of Environmental Protection