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On Wednesday, China's State Council passed revised air quality standards that included PM2.5 measurements. PM2.5 stands for particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter, considered a highly dangerous health hazard.
In the next few years, the ability to measure PM2.5 is expected to expand across the entire country.
In 2012, the PM2.5 measurements will be made available in 27 provincial capitals, and three key regions. By 2013, the number will expand to 113 cities. And by 2015, it's planned that all cities on a prefectural level will be have PM2.5 readings.
It's also stated that efforts will be made to cut pollution in steel, power, and chemical plants.
Beijing first began publishing PM2.5 data after public pressure in January. However, some skepticism arose, as readings differed from those published at the US Embassy.