Beijing this week registered pollution one level below hazardous, closing highways.
…In fast-moving, sophisticated Shanghai, China’s biggest city and its financial hub, hundreds of thousands of householders are using solar panels to heat water.
Meanwhile, in the capital Beijing, plans are well advanced to use renewable energy for a big chunk of the city’s power needs by the time it hosts what China is billing as the first “green” Olympics in 2008. Beijing intends to build a “solar street” where buildings and streetlights will run entirely on energy from the sun. To be green is to be hip in China these days, and even the Government is taking note. [Full Text]
Read article from Reuters: “Beijing air quality tops pollution index,” says “Air pollution in Beijing, under pressure to provide clear skies before the 2008 Olympics, reached the worst level on a government air quality index on Tuesday.”