Date: Jan 22nd 2014 2:37p.m.

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With all the news (and bizarre fake news) concerning Beijing’s never-ending pollution problems, it may come as some relief that, at last, the city authorities are going to act. Will they create a congestion charge? Will they move more factories away from Beijing? Well, no.

According to the Shanghaiist, in order to get tough with the deadly air, the local government has drawn up plans to add 17,000 security cameras to the city’s streets in order to monitor hot-spot areas where street BBQ vendors congregate.

The article states that researchers have found that street BBQ emissions account for 13% of PM2.5 particles.  Whether these measures will make any difference to the overall quality of Beijing’s air remains to be seen.