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March 10, 2008

Beijing is going green for the Olympics… or so the Chinese say

Filed under: China — ksarti @ 3:15 am
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beijing-olympics.jpg I’ve never heard that there’s air pollution in Beijing, probably because all we hear is “made in China” news. But, because Beijing is hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, a lot more about the city and the country is under scrutiny these days.

Air pollution is one of them… and what a pollution. Take a look at that smog! beijing-smog.jpg

It almost looks like a sand storm, it’s so thick. The city is so polluted that they have counted, and made a goal of having, blue sky days. Having blue sky days is also a way for them to monitor their anti-pollution efforts.

I’ve learned that Beijing has been, in fact, considered one of the most polluted capitals of the world and where’s the question: What is it going to happen to the athletes in the Olympics? Did the Olympics committee completely overlooked this huge problem just for the sake of saving face and “making good” with the Chinese? It’s bordering being outrageous that such a polluted city was given the honor to host the Olympics game, running the risk of affecting athletes performance and visitors’ health.

The Chinese government is committed to do what it takes to bring air quality to acceptable levels during the games, and have discussed shutting down factories and restricting traffic during the games. Whether these measures will be enough and if they will be even implemented is a matter of “wait and see”, but I do hope something is done so games can begin.

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