In Bid to Curb Smog, Beijing Plans to Scrap Polluting Older Vehicles

A traffic-clogged Beijing street Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For years, responsibility for curtailing China’s massive ecological degradation fell to the relatively weak Ministry of Environment, which lacks staff resources and has nothing close to the political clout of the National Development and Reform Commission that manages the country’s economy. Many of the ministry’s well-intentioned green initiatives have been announced, only to be ignored or unenforced. Meanwhile Beijing’s skies grew ever-grayer.

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