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China uses satellite, drones to fight pollution

09 April 2014

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China is using satellites and drones to detect air pollution around Beijing and the practice will be expanded, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Wednesday.

Satellites and drones, which can detect clandestine emissions and capture images with a resolution of up to 4 centimetres, have been used in the cities of Tangshan, Xingtai and Handan in north China's Hebei Province, a pollution-plagued region surrounding Beijing.

Since November, an anti-pollution campaign has covered nearly 25,000 enterprises, more than 33,000 construction sites and over 65,000 restaurants. As a result, nearly 2,000 small workshops were closed and 1,900 factories and enterprises punished.

Source: Xinhua News

Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory - Smog over Beijing