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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...

Greenpeace Report on Post-Olympics China

Greenpeace China produced the China after the Olympics: Lessons from Beijing report to glean lessons from China’s environmental measures before and during the Beijing Olympics. From the conclusion section: Beijing’s...

China Conservation Efforts Aid Aquifer Levels

From the Wall Street Journal: Underground water levels in Beijing are rising this year, reversing a nearly decadelong decline, in part because of conservation efforts tied to the Olympics. Aquifer levels in the Chinese capital...

Was It “The Green Olympics?”

Deborah Seligsohn writes in the World Resource Institute: Are the Beijing Olympics a signal that China can pursue both economic growth and a cleaner environment? When we look back at the Beijing Olympics, great sporting moments...

Millions Forfeit Water to Olympic Games

The Times gives a dramatic account of drought experienced by farmers in Hebei allegedly brought on by the diversion of their water supplies to Beijing for the Olympics: The blunders began when officials started to worry that...

Some Economies Suffer As Beijing Cleans Up Air

NPR reports on the consequences for workers as their industries are shut down temporarily to clean up Beijing’s air during the Olympics: But the massive cleanup effort for the Olympic Games has come at a cost to the local...

Greening of the Games

Omid Memarian reports for IPS News: Though human rights and environmental issues — such as censorship and pollution in Beijing — have been the two major focuses of criticism levelled against the Chinese government...

Beijing Air

Asia Society has launched an interactive website looking at Beijing’s air pollution called Beijing Air. The site includes a feature called “Room With a View” which examines the daily changes in air quality. It...

Wearing Masks, Losing Face

To wear or not to wear a mask, that is the dilemma many Olympic athletes will be faced with in a couple of weeks when the Summer Games commence in Beijing. From The Wall Street Journal: Chinese officials insist the notorious...

Roger Bate: A ‘Green’ Olympics at Any Cost

Written by Roger Bate, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, from Far Eastern Economic Review: Beijing is taking Draconian measures to clean up for the Olympic Games which start next month. In the past week,...

China Disputes Criticism of Its Air-Pollution Data

From The Wall Street Journal: Chinese officials defended the accuracy of pollution data and reaffirmed their ability to make the Beijing Games a “green Olympics,” even as the capital remains mired in gray haze less...

Athletes Banned From Beijing Opening Ceremony

From ABC News: Athletics Australia says its Olympians will not march in the opening ceremony at Beijing because of concern for athletes’ health and welfare. It is usual for swimmers and cyclists to miss out on marching...

China’s Olympic Nightmare

Written by CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy and Adam Segal, from Foreign Affairs: On the night of July 13, 2001, tens of thousands of people poured into Tiananmen Square to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s...

Beijing Adds 1,300 Vehicles to Roads a Day

Ever-rising car sales leads to Beijing’s concern about pollution levels during the Olympics, reports the Shanghai Daily: The total number of motor vehicles in Beijing will reach 3.35 million in August – when the...

Olympic Worry in the Air

From Wall Street Journal: In the latest blow to China’s Olympic plans, the International Olympic Committee, citing its own medical research, said air pollution could pose a risk to the health of athletes who participate in...

Marathon Champion Shuns Beijing

From Al Jazeera: Ethiopian athlete and marathon world-record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, will not compete in the Beijing Summer Olympics marathon. Gebrselassie suffers from asthma and has cited the capital’s excessive air...

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