Authorities in China have announced drastic measures to try and diminish pollution levels.

Authorities in China have announced drastic measures to try and diminish pollution levels.

Air pollution has become a major issue in China which is why the local government has decided to enforce a car scraping program which will take no less than six million cars off the roads before the end of this year. The decision affects cars built before 2005 that have CO2 emissions / km higher than a soon to be established target.

At this moment, the government has not announced how they will actually take these cars off the roads and whether there will be some compensation to the owners. The second part of the program will take place in 2015 and will consist of removing an additional five million vehicles. Moreover, fuel stations in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will have to sell only the cleanest gasoline available.

China's environmental authorities have issued a report that says 31.1 percent of air pollution in Beijing comes from car exhaust, while 22.4 percent is due to coal burning. They will also restrict the total number of cars in the city to 5.6 million this year and will raise it to 6 million by 2017 that is if there will be some improvements in the pollution levels.

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