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[Editorial] Creating a healthier environment for the Chinese population

On March 16, the Chinese Government officially approved its 13th Five-Year Plan—the country’s economic and social development blueprint for 2016–20. Notably, environmental protection—for the first time—has been highlighted as a key priority, along with a more moderate annual economic growth at just above 6·5%. As binding targets, water consumption, energy consumption, and carbon dioxide emissions will be cut by 23%, 15%, and 18%, respectively by 2020. In terms of air pollution, the plan particularly requires a minimum of 80% of days “with good air quality” assessed by fine particulate matter (PM2·5) by 2020.