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By Yu Wei in New York, Cecily Liu and Zhang Chunyan in London and Jiang Xueqing in Beijing | China Daily | Updated:2013-01-31 07:59Recording pollution data is becoming big business, report Yu Wei in New York, Cecily Liu and Zhang Chunyan in London and Jiang Xueqing in Beijing.Inspectors from the environmental protection bureau in Ningbo, Zhejiang province check equipment that monitors air quality in the city. Chinas monitoring network is being expanded. [HU XUEJUN / FOR CHINA DAILY]The heavy smog that has stifled Beijing and other parts of China for two weeks continued on Wednesday when the air pollution index hit 420 to 440 in six downtown districts of the capital, according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center.Meanwhile, outside Beijing, around 20 provinces were still affected by a blanket of pollution, leading the authorities to maintain yellow alerts for smog and haze in central and eastern parts of the country, said the website of the China Meteorological Administration.However, no matter how much Beijing residents complain about pollution, the “Beijing Cough” that has forced millions to wear protective face masks simply to walk down the street is actually bringing million-dollar business opportunities to companies from around the world.On Jan 12, the air-quality monitor operated by the United States embassy in Beijing recorded that the level of PM2.5 – microscopic particulate matter considered especially harmful to human health – reached 886 micrograms per cubic meter, nearly 35 times in excess of the World Health Organizations recommended standard.”Currently, more than 70 percent of PM2.5 monitoring equipment used in China is made by overseas companies, most likely companies in the US,” said Wang Yuesi, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The heavy reliance on foreign-made equipment is mainly because Chinese enterprises do not have “sufficient skills” to manufacture the devices, said Wang.However, Wang said China will definitely accelerate the pace of research and development into monitoring equipment in the wake of the recent sky high levels of air pollution.”Its only recently that equipment able to monitor PM2.5 has been manufactured in China,” said Jo Ann Choi Pottberg, director of global sales and marketing at Met One Instruments. The company entered the Chinese market in 1992 and supplies monitors to the US embassy in Beijing and its consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou.The requirements for these monitors to comply with specifications and obtain certification are very strict. Because certifiable data is required, customers always request monitors that have US Environmental Protection Agency designations or certificates such as the European TUV, MCerts and Ens. The review procedures required for companies to obtain these certificates are often lengthy because the equipment has to be tested over a variety of seasons and locations, she said.Research into the technology used in monitoring equipment started late in China. Pottberg said the country still needs to buy PM monitors that employ technology approved by experts at environmental agencies around the world to provide accurate, reliable data for the public.That will change, of course. “It wont be long before some local manufacturers will be able to achieve the same quality and reliability as monitors produced after more than 30 years of research and development and field experience”, she said.More cover storiesPrevious Page1 2 3 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 Next PageRelated StoriesVaried measures needed to solve air pollutionAir China launches Beijing-Geneva nonstop serviceSmog worries boost online sales of air purifiersOngoing smog worries boost online sales of air purifiersJoint effort urged to clear the airBeijingers call for Clean Air ActHow long could China solve air problem?Air quality a hot topicPhotoAir show to display cutting-edge techTen photos from around China: Oct 21-27Kung Fu panda plays in the snowSilkworms spin Silk Road in outer space2,045-square-meter photo mosaic breaks world recordTourists view red leaves at Xiangshan park in BeijingLatestStealth fighter confirmed for China air showHefty award offered for deciphering oracle bone charactersChina Daily brings you sixth plenums in past 35 yearsSpace Journal: Entry 3: I wear a special space suitNo wrongdoing shall be ignored by PartyState Council NewsConsumption upgrade drives China’s economyChina to promote rehabilitation and assistive products industryExclusiveAstronauts first week in spaceCome crack secrets of Shenzhou XIAn incomplete guide to Shenzhou XIEditors picksSpaceflight redefines Made in China tagScenic spot wins movie suitTen photos you dont wanna missTen photos from around China: Oct 21-27SpecialSixth plenum of 18th CPC Central CommitteeShenzhou XI: New frontiers, new milestoneBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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