Beijing gasping for air
Just over a year before it plays host to the Olympics, Beijing
reported its worst air pollution for June in seven years, state
media said Sunday.
The Chinese capital had substandard air quality for 15 days in
June, the worst record for that particular month since 2000, the
Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Beijing Municipal Bureau of
By comparison, there were only six days with substandard air
quality for the corresponding month last year.
One of the most polluted cities
Beijing has aimed this year for 245 days with a "blue sky," a
measure of reasonable air, but it has some catching-up to do, as it
recorded only 110 days in the first six months.
Poor air quality in Beijing, one of the world's most polluted
cities, is a chief worry for many of the 10,000 athletes who will
be competing here at the August 8-24 Olympics next year.
Arriving at the last moment
Some competitors plan to arrive in Beijing at the last moment
before they compete to avoid the potential health risks from bad
"Blue sky" days are days with air quality of Grade 2 or better
on China's air quality index, with Grade 1 being the best and Grade
5 the worst. – (Sapa)
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