China Daily: Haze Doesn’t Mean Poor Air Quality

From The China Daily:

The haze that reduced visibility for a few days till Monday did not mean Beijing’s was bad, a senior environmental official said Tuesday.

“Clouds and haze are not . This kind of is a natural phenomenon. It has nothing to do with pollution,” said Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing municipal bureau of .

A rare dry spell last week is to blame for the haze that shrouded Beijing a couple of weeks before the Olympic , Du said at his sixth press conference in five days at the Main Press Center.

But Monday night’s showers and strong breeze drove away the haze, offering residents a blue sky Tuesday morning. The city’s index was 90, which denotes good air quality.

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