The capital of China and largest emitter of carbon and other gases is taking a stance against coal pollution. Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau announced on Monday its plans to ban coal by the end of 2020.
As a way to combat the country's "deadly levels of pollution," it will instead use electricity and natural gas for all heating purposes.
Aside from motor vehicles, industrial production and other dust, coal is to blame for 22 percent of the pollution created in the 21 million-person city. China is currently the world's largest emitter of carbon.
Beijing's goal is to put an end to coal-fired power, which generates much of the greenhouse gases polluting the environment.
While the central government prohibited any new coal-fired power plants in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou back in September, the Chinese government is under pressure to clean up the rest of the country's polluted environment including soil and water.
Many residents are concerned about their health and activists are pushing for China's central government to focus on environmental protection as the country's highest priority.
And Beijing is responding to activists and residents alike by with its coal ban.