China Temporarily Closes Up To 40% Of Factories Due To Pollution Crackdown

China is making a big move against pollution by temporarily shuttering up to 40% of factories in the country. Those facilities have been closed by safety inspectors who are carrying out investigations of emission limit breaches. Over 80,000 factories have been charged with criminal offenses due to pollution-related issues.

The country recently announced a plan to reduce its concentration of hazardous fine particulate matter from 47 μg per cubic meter (the 2016 figure) to 35 μg by 2035.

In recent years the country, which is well known for its industrial sector and widespread pollution, has been taking steps to reduce emissions and pollution. In 2013 it committed to reducing emissions from heavily polluting factories by 30% by 2017. It's reaching that goal by carrying out far more inspections.