Beijing Olympics: Emergency Anti-Smog Plan Announced for ‘Greyjing’

reports in the Guardian, from Beijing:

Beijing’s Olympic organisers are planning a new set of emergency measures to reduce after the draconian steps introduced a week ago failed to halt a grimy haze from smothering the host .

The air quality has failed to reach national standards for four of the seven days since the city took more than a million cars off the and shut down hundreds of .

With less than two weeks until the opening ceremony, the organisers are preparing more drastic step to ensure that the “Greyjing” tag does not undermine its promise of a “Green Olympics” and force the postponement of endurance events like the marathon, triathlon and 10km open-water swim.

According to the China Daily, all sites and more factories in and around Beijing may be temporarily closed if the air quality deteriorates during the .

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