Traffic flowed more smoothly but the sun was still shrouded by smog on Monday, the fourth and final day of Beijing’s Olympic pollution prevention test.
To see if the city’s poor air quality could be improved at least temporarily during next August’s Games, the Chinese capital has taken up to 1.3 million cars off the roads by banning number plates ending in odd and even numbers on alternate days. State media proclaimed the exercise a success, with the Xinhua news agency claiming late on Monday that the city had four “blue-sky days”. But the skies — and some athletes — suggested a mixed verdict. [Full Text]
See also: Beijing sees little improvement in air quality during driving ban from Earthtimes.org.
[Image: A worker rests on a pedestrian overpass as vehicles move on a main road in Beijing August 20, 2007, by Jason Lee from Reuters.]