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Beijing has been taking real steps to reduce its pollution after last year's Olympic Games brought the issue to a very public stage. There are already some rather complicated rules that drivers need to follow and, starting this year, cars will be required to carry a "yellow label" if they don't meet Euro I emissions standards. These standards were first adopted in China back in 1992. Cars that carry these labels will be banned from certain roadways in the city for at least one day per week. Fort

During and before this summer's Olympic games, a significant amount of attention was given to the air quality that the world's top athletes would be breathing in Beijing. As was widely reported, the city's air was highly contaminated due to an abundance of people, manufacturing plants and automobiles. As you are likely aware, the city limited the number of cars that could be on its roads before and during the games and is set to continue the practice now that attention has turned away. The large

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