Beijing environment

In China, Breathing Becomes a Childhood Risk

As severe smog becomes a fact of life for people living in Beijing and other Chinese cities, families with young children are hardest hit, Edward Wong reports for the New York Times. Many families, both Chinese and foreign, are...

China’s Environmental Nightmare

As Beijing has been choking on smog this year, economists at Deutsche Bank point out that without swift reform, China may face a much worse environment by 2025. From Lily Kuo at Quartz: China’s myriad plans to deal with...

Ministry of Truth: Vandalism and Water Pollution

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Beijing Municipal Propaganda Department: Do not report on the glass that was broken at the...

Fresh Air Goes on Sale

As Beijing residents are once again advised to stay indoors amid choking air pollution, some environmentalists are pessimistic about the possibilities for a thorough clean-up. From Bloomberg: “I haven’t seen the smog stay so...

SOEs, Rule of Law Among Hurdles for Clean Air Push

Beijing’s acting mayor has announced an array of new measures to combat air pollution in the city, following heavy smog that seeped hundreds of points off the scale this month. From Xinhua: The capital will take 180,000...

Beijing Air: Better?

Asia Society’s China Green project has posted a slideshow of images of Beijing’s air pollution, which gives a dramatic visualization of good and bad air days in Beijing. After monitoring the air quality for three...

Beijing Offers Cash to Curb Capital’s Pollution

Beijing has taken a furthur step to tackle its pollution, Reuters reports: The Beijing government will give companies who stop highly polluting production up to 2.3 million yuan ($336,500) as a bonus, state media said Sunday, in...

Beijing Smog Returns After Olympics

The Daily Telegraph reports that the lifting of smog restrictions in Beijing came as a cloud of grey smog descended. “…many drivers were already breaching the regulations on Saturday in advance of the midnight end to...

What Happens After the Olympics? – Taige Li

Journalist Taige Li expresses concern that while the government is taking measures to improve Beijing’s air quality for the Olympics next summer, there is no long-term plan to resolve China’s severe environmental problems, especially the water shortage in the rapidly expanding capital. From China Dialogue: It seems Beijing is revising its plans for improving air […]



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