Experimenting clean air
Wednesday, 24 September 2008, Written by Julien   
Olympics and the Paralympics are over! Most anti-pollution restrictions were lifted last Sunday: traffic jams are covering roads again, tucks are back and factories can produce again... Air quality has remained quite good over the last few days but we can expect pollution to come back to its pre-Olympics levels soon.

However, I believe not everything will be reverted to its initial status. At least one thing changed: residents of Beijing now know that their air is bad and that the current state is not normal. They knew it before, but they had not experienced it. After one month in a city with low air pollution all Beijingers cherish breathing in fresh air.
Chinese smile by http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinasixty4/

For example, it is a fairly good sign that a majority of Beijingers were supporting the idea of keeping the car restrictions after Olympics. Even though a majority of Beijingers do not have a car, it shows that they would be ready to accept tough measures for having a better air.

As the Olympics pressure on the government is fading off, people's aspirations for clean air could push environmental reforms forward!

melanie gao wrote :
I have a car and I would be happy to have the even/odd restrictions year-round. The air pollution is my #1 concern about living in Beijing. I would do anything to make it better.
Morris Mak wrote :
I think it's a great idea to keep the even/odd restriction not only in Beijing, but in other cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai, etc...
But I am sure that there are going to be some greedy Chinese out there that are just going to get 2 cars, and get an odd number plate and an even number plate.
kyle owen wrote : idea for cleaning the air
i was woundring what if we put water air purrifires that rotated the water good and bad it would filter the water from the smoke stacks stop so much of the pollutints get back at me i have it all documated just woundring what you would have to say about it maybe we could work on something
liv t wrote : moving to Tianjin with 3 kids
My husband, my three kids and I are moving to Tianjin for the next 3 years (8, 7 and 2 year old kids) starting in April 2009. How much risk are we really taking on a relatively short period. How can we minimize our pollution intake inside and outside the house? I see the facial masksthat are advertised for on this webpage are designed for older children, are there smaller ones available andis it frequent to see people wearing them out in the street? Thank you so much for you answers.
Me wrote : Kids
I would not be bring kids to China, nothing can be guaranteed when it comes to air, food and water quality. To often local government will cover things up to make themselves look good, and becuase the government rules no one can do anything about it.
Jennifer wrote :
Excuse me, but how can you write an article and not know the differences between "there", "their", and "they're". Please re-read your second paragraph and correct it. Thank-you.
Julien wrote : re Jennifer
Thanks for reporting the misspelling. I guess you never misspell words when you write (especially when it is not your mother tongue), or maybe you never wrote articles!
Ned wrote :
It's unfortunately official China is world's biggest polluter. It has even overtaken USA. Here's more info http://ecologicalproblems.blogspot.com/2008/12/china-is-worlds-biggest-polluter.html
Wxc wrote :
I'd love to agree with you that all Beijingers cherish fresh air. Unfortunately, many Beijingers still seem surprised when the word pollution is mentioned. They are told it's getting better, and many of them have never been abroad so they don't know any better. It is a shame-I love Beijing and the people here. I'm not out to castigate China. But I do worry about the pollution here. By the way, your website is very informative and you seem to be very fair in your comments. Bravo!
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