Drawing the News: Advantage Beijing Air

Blue skies are scarce in Beijing. Pollution in China may be tame compared to other countries, but it is bad enough to put people at risk for lung cancer. After controversy involving the U.S. embassy’s @BeijingAir Twitter feed, the city now reports the concentration of particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers in diameter (). Residents are more informed, but real change is needed; the city environmental bureau has just released a five-year plan to improve air quality.

Weibo user @bjshi (“ Things”) posted a composite image of a vista from September 30 to October 6, which shows two clear days and five smoggy ones (click image for full view):

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The China Open wrapped up yesterday at the National Center at the Olympic Green under those gray Beijing skies. Cartoonist Biantai Lajiao (“”) explains why he “quit” the tournament:

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