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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.
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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.
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 i... [more]
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... [more]
liv t wrote moving to Tianjin with 3 kids:
Hi! 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 p... [more]
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 b... [more]