Beijing Bans 2.5 Million Cars From Driving and the Results Were Incredible
News| | By Lauren Boudreau
It was also one of the best things to happen for the environment. In the weeks leading up to the event, Beijing experienced blue skies and a significantly improved air quality. The air quality index for Beijing is usually at a dangerous 160 out of a possible 500, but during the parade, the AQI fell to 17. According to CNN, Beijing residents took to calling the sky “parade blue.” However, only a day after the parade ended and motorized activity resumed, the sky returned to its usual gray color. Almost as quickly as it had cleared up, dangerous levels of pollution returned. The AQI shot back up to 160. ordered a shutdown of factories after air pollution reached over 25 times safe levels. However, authorities did say that air quality was better in 2015 than previous years. Despite gray skies and red alerts, the country is on track in reaching its climate goals.