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Study: Beijing’s Air Worse Than At Past Olympics

From AP: Beijing’s notoriously dirty air was cleaner during last summer’s Olympic games, but pollution levels were still much worse than at recent Olympics, despite a massive Chinese cleanup campaign, a new report...

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...

Olympics Slows Chinese Industry

From the BBC: The rate of growth of China’s industrial output slowed to a six-month low in August, hit by the temporary closure of factories for the Olympics. With hundreds of facilities shut to help improve air quality...

Nothing But “Blue skies” From Now On

Zhu Zhe reports in the China Daily: Beijing is enjoying its cleanest air for 10 years and the blue skies are set to continue long after the Olympics, a top environment official said Tuesday. On nine of the past 18 days the air...

China Announces More Pollution Controls

Jim Yardley reports in the New York Times: China’s environmental regulators on Thursday unveiled stricter emergency pollution controls for the Olympic Games that would shutter more factories and expand traffic restrictions if...

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 air quality was bad, a senior city environmental official said Tuesday. “Clouds and haze are not pollution....

The People’s Weather

Tom Scocca writes in the Plenty Magazine: At this summer’s Beijing Olympics, China puts a 50-year experiment to the test: Officials are betting weather modification can keep the sun shining on the Games. Despite shaky science,...

Olympic Smoking Ban Stubbed Out Amid Backlash

In a less-than-surprising development, it appears Beijing’s plans to ban smoking in public places during the Olympics are being reconsidered. From AFP: The China Daily had reported two weeks ago that the Chinese capital on...

Is Beijing Manipulating Air Pollution Statistics?:

Time Magazine reporter Austin Ramzy writes from Beijing: While Steven Spielberg’s withdrawal from his role as an artistic adviser was a public relations blow to the Beijing Olympics, the announcement this week that Haile...

Beijing Announces Car Ban for Olympics

In their efforts to improve air quality levels, Beijing officials have announced plans to enforce car restrictions during the Olympics. From AFP: Beijing authorities will definitely go ahead with a ban on some cars during the...

China to log its worst polluters…

China has announced a new survey, in which it will require factories, farms and other “major polluters” to declare how much and what kind of pollution they release. As an incentive, the government has promised...

Rats Latest Target of Beijing Clean-up Campaign

Chinese people just welcomed the Year of the Rat a few days ago, but rats are not welcomed in China, especially Beijing. Beijing will host the 2008 summer Olympics in August, thus rats are the latest target of Beijing’s...

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