North China's Hebei Province has set ambitious targets to cut air pollution as the annual session of its legislature opened on Friday.
The national environmental watchdog told the Beijing municipal government on Thursday that it could do better the next time it declared a smog alert.
Record-setting December propelled the year 2015 to be the second warmest year and the third wettest year for the United States, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday.
Beijing's environmental watchdog meted out fines totalling about 183 million yuan (27.9 million U.S. dollars) for violations of pollution laws last year.
Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has introduced ten new regulations for the conservation of local water resources and the water ecosystem.
Beijing's average PM2.5 density from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 rose 75.9 percent year-on-year in 2015, despite the general improvement of air quality, the environmental regulator said Thursday.