China considers BBQ ban to combat smog

Feb 20, 2013
Chinese military policemen march through Tiananmen Square during heavy air pollution in Beijing on January 30, 2013. China is considering a ban on barbecues to help reduce air pollution in built-up areas after heavy smog recently choked large swathes of the country, state media reported Wednesday.

China is considering a ban on barbecues to help reduce air pollution in built-up areas after heavy smog recently choked large swathes of the country, state media reported Wednesday.

The country's environmental watchdog has issued draft guidelines advising major cities to adopt legislation banning "barbecue-related activities", official news agency Xinhua said, risking the ire of street food-loving locals.

The move comes after extreme pollution last month choked Beijing and large areas of , prompting health fears and sparking an angry reaction from residents, many of whom donned .

The pollution in the capital was blamed on emissions from coal-burning in power stations and exhaust fumes from vehicles on choked streets, with Beijing ordering the emergency closure of factories.

But Xinhua said the Ministry of Environmental Protection earlier this month issued that also branded barbecues part of the problem.

It cited an anonymous official as calling on the public to abstain from outdoor grilling in favour of a more environmentally-friendly way of life.

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FMA
not rated yet Feb 21, 2013
This is ridiculous, the major source is from the cars and industries and the government ban the household BBQ. The high officials must be sitting on their brains to think.