Professor Alex Wang Tells New York Times That Beijing’s Air Pollution Alert System Is Only a Stopgap Measure

December 10, 2015 – Professor Alex Wang commented in the New York Times on the Beijing government’s Air Pollution Alert System, which for the first time warned the city’s 22 million people that smog had reached a toxic level.   

“The alert system is just a stopgap measure — giving the public the ability to protect themselves from pollution and taking emergency measures to quickly reduce pollution,” said Professor Wang. “More extensive changes in the regulatory system — some already underway — are needed to fix the problem for good.”

Professor Wang said the positive moves by officials regarding transparency and the reporting of pollution data were necessary to the evolution of the regulatory system.

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