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4UN agency donates electric buses to the Beijing Olympics

To help China with its goal of hosting a "green olympics" the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has donated four lithium ion battery-powered buses for the effort. That brings the total number of electric buses in the Olympic fleet to 50. They are said to be able to carry 80 people at a time at speeds of up to 50 mph.and have a range of about 80 miles with the air conditioning engaged.The electric buses will use a large station during the games for parking and transfers as well as mainten

AddChina may ban almost all cars during Olympics

It seems that Beijing's various measures designed to lower its overall air pollution in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games is working, though additional and more drastic measures may be required. You may recall that the city began limiting traffic on July 20, a move which has helped lower the air's nitride count some 48-percent and drop its particulate matter rating from [the seemingly arbitrary number of] 90 to 44. Still, so-called "sauna weather," where high-humidity and low-wind condi

1Beijing begins limiting traffic this week

In preparation for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games scheduled to begin on August 8, the city of Beijing in China has now begun limiting traffic through its busy streets. Due to the heavy smog and polluted air in Beijing, cars will be allowed to drive only on alternating days based on the license plate of the vehicle. This means that only half of the 3.3 million vehicles currently registered in the city will be allowed to drive each day, theoretically cutting emissions in half.

5Everything ready for Beijing's trial on reducing traffic

From August 17th to 20th, traffic will be severely restricted in Beijing. Up to 1.3 million vehicles will be banned from circulation. The ban affects cars depending on the ending plate's number: cars which number end in an odd number will be banned two days and cars with ending in an even number will be banned from traffic the other two. Public vehicles and public transport won't be affected by the ban. A similar measure has been applied in Mexico City and some Italian cities.

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