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Beijing 2008: News

Beijing's Olympic triumph (August 25, 2008)
The Olympic flame burns atop the Bird's Nest, more properly known as the National Stadium in Beijing, on the last day of the 2008 Games.
Email Picture China pulled it off. But the images of the Games that may last even longer than computer-enhanced fireworks will be those of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.
English Link: http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-olysports25-2008aug25,0,3157462.story

Sun shines on clear Beijing with one day to go (August 23, 2008)
Olympic host city Beijing was sunny and clear on the 15th day of the Games on Saturday, with temperatures expected to rise for a broiling midday men's football final between defending champions Argentina and Nigeria.The Beijing Meteorological Bureau (www.bjmb.gov.cn) forecast a high of 32 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and air quality at grade 1 -- the best possible rating. The air has been largely clear, thanks in part to occasional heavy rain.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-08/23/content_6963839.htm

Beijing's anti-pollution measures lauded (August 22, 2008)
Measures taken by Beijing to tackle air pollution before the Olympic Games have proved to be effective, setting at rest previous concerns over the issue, an article in the French sports daily L' Equipe said Thursday. Measures taken before the Games, such as relocating or closing pollution-causing factories and pulling half the cars off the streets each day, have all proved effective, the article said. It also highlighted the blue skies seen during the event. Beijing's air quality has also received high praise from athletes participating in the Olympics, the paper said.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-08/22/content_6961019.htm

Olympics to leave environmental legacy for China (August 21, 2008)
As China was rehearsing for the spectacular Olympic Games opening ceremony in the capital, Beijing, international reporters were busy picking on other issues such as environment. Images of the Beijing skyline suffused in haze were a common sight on major TV channels.
English Link: http://dailynews.habarileo.co.tz/columnist/index.php?id=6660

Beijing reports another day of 'fairly good' air quality(August 20, 2008)
Beijing reported another day of "fairly good" air quality for day 12 of the Olympics.
Figures released by the China Environmental Monitoring Center showed the city's Air Pollution Index (API) on Wednesday was 53, within Grade II, or fairly good. Although the sky was somewhat overcast in the afternoon, the sun was shining and the air was light with a cool breeze in the morning. Temperature remained comfortable outdoors. The Beijing Municipal Meteorological Bureau said the city is expecting some rain on Wednesday night.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/20/content_6955146.htm

Nothing but 'blue skies' from now on (August 20, 2008)
Beijing is enjoying its cleanest air for 10 years and the blue skies are set to continue long after the Olympics, a top environment official said Tuesday. On nine of the past 18 days the air was of the very highest quality, while on the others it was rated "fairly good", Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing environmental protection bureau, told a press conference.
Guo Hu, director of the Beijing meteorological center, said showers are forecast for today and tomorrow, while clouds are expected for Sunday's closing ceremony.After its Olympic success, Beijing is now committed to making blue skies the norm in the capital, Du said.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/20/content_6951940.htm

Beijing fulfilling its commitment on air quality for Olympics (August 20, 2008)
BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- As the city's air quality had all reached the standards to host the Olympics in all 18 days of August before Tuesday, the Chinese capital was making strides in fulfilling its commitment on good air quality for the Games, a Beijing official said.
English Link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/19/content_9499017.htm

Under clear skies, Beijing breathes easy (August 17, 2008)
BEIJING: Days before the opening ceremony, the Beijing Olympics seemed beset with problems, none potentially more worrisome than air quality. Pollution levels remained high, despite government edicts that had removed two million vehicles from the city's streets and had closed down factories.
English Link: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/17/asia/pollution.php

August enjoys best air quality in decade (August 17,2008)
Beijing reported Saturday was the second consecutive day of Grade I, or "excellent", air quality, marking a decade-long high for the number of such days in a summer month in the city. China Environmental Monitoring Center (CEMC) figures put Beijing's Air Pollution Index (API) at 23 Saturday, the Games' eighth day, and at 17 the day before. Deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection Du Shaozhong said that brought the total of Grade I days in the first half of August since 1998 to seven.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/17/content_6943229.htm

Beijing reports excellent air quality for second day(Xinhua, August 16,2008)
For a second day, the Olympic host city reported Grade I -- or excellent -- air quality on Saturday, the eighth day of the Olympics. In most of the day, the city basked in sunshine. Figures released by the China Environmental Monitoring Center (CEMC) revealed that Beijing's Air Pollution Index (API) showed a reading of 23 on Saturday, which fell into Grade I, whose API reading ranges between 1 and 50. On Friday, CEMC's figures showed an API reading of 17.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/16/content_6942201.htm

Blue sky appears again, the eighth days with good air quality since Olympics Opening (August 15, 2008)
After the heavy rainfall, blue sky appears in Beijing again today. According to the data from the monitoring center of Beijing EPB, the API is 17 today, which means air quality is excellent. Since the opening of Olympic Games, air quality reaches excellent or good everyday. In other words, there are 15 days above Grade II Standard from the beginning of August. Foreign athletes said they felt comfortable with the air in Beijing.
Chinese link: http://report.qianlong.com/33378/2008/08/15/[email protected]

Beijing: Air quality keeps good from August 1 (August 14, 2008)
Air quality in Beijing has been good since the first day of August, said Du Shaozhong, vice director of Beijing EPB yesterday. So far, there are 13 days above Grade II with blue sky, including 5 days with excellent air quality, i.e. Grade I Standard. According to the experts, the measures to guarantee the air quality during Olympics have a good effect on keeping good air quality in the adverse weather condition of high temperature and high humidity.
Chinese link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/olympics/2008-08/14/content_9286504.htm

Nearly half of Beijingers use public transit during Olympics (August 13, 2008)
Beijing will continue to improve its public transport service by expanding transport networks while keeping fares low, a Beijing official said on Wednesday. These measures are expected to encourage more Beijing residents to use public transport, which can help reduce road congestion and car emissions, said Zhou Zhengyu, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications. Beijing plans to build 11 more subway lines to create an underground transport network of 561 kilometers by 2015, compared with eight lines of 200 km at present, Zhou said. "Meanwhile, the proportion of the usage of public transport will be raised to 45 percent from 35 percent at present. That's our major goal," Zhou said at a media briefing on the city's transport system during the ongoing Olympic Games.
"As we can feel these days, air quality has improved and the roads are less congested," he said. Although the odd-even license plate system was a temporary policy, decision makers and the general public weren't likely to ignore its obvious benefits.
English link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/13/content_9255647.htm

Thunderstorms help clear the air in Beijing (August 12, 2008)
Beijing woke to a cool but overcast morning on day three of the Olympics Monday after thunderstorms cleared the haze that shrouded the city last week. The comfortable weather lasted through the day, and the temperature only managed to climb as high as 27 C. Air quality was also good, as had been previously forecast. The municipal environmental protection bureau reported that the air pollution index for Beijing remained below 50, indicating good air quality. Forecasters said the cool weather will continue, easing fears that heat and humidity would make conditions intolerable for athletes competing outside air-conditioned venues.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-08/12/content_6926446.htm

Beijing Air not the Only Focus During the Olympics (August 11, 2008)
Beijing air quality has been the focus of foreign reporters since a long time ago. Even though Chinese government has tried every means possible to make the air clearer and better, some people still don’t show any trust due to their deep prejudice about the air quality in Beijing. One athlete even declared to wear mask when coming to Beijing in order to protect his lung.
http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/beijing-air-not-the-only-focus-during-the-olympics-518073.html

Olympics: Utah athletes say China's pollution not too bad (August 11, 2008)
BEIJING - Having just inhaled millions of breaths while riding for nearly six hours in the men's cycling road race at the Beijing Olympics, Levi Leipheimer gazed thoughtfully over the heads of the eager reporters in front of him and assessed the hazy gray air that shrouded the nearby mountains surrounding the Great Wall.
http://www.sltrib.com/sports/ci_10164100

Qingdao: air and water quality are both good for sailing competition (August 11, 2008)
According to the news press in Qingdao sub-center of International News Center in Beijing, air and water quality in Qingdao are very good for sailing competition as a result of the projects of SO2 reduction, vehicles waster control, dust control and usage of clean energy. The one-hour average concentration of ozone in Qingdao air reached the Grade I standard. The air quality keeps excellent from July. And the water quality reached the Grade I or II standard, which is suitable for sailing competition.
Chinese link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/olympics/2008-08/11/content_9173201.htm

UN affirmed monitoring data from Beijing: reliable (August 10, 2008)
Achim Steiner, Vice Secretary-General of UN and Executive Director of UNEP, evaluated the ambient air quality in Beijing yesterday. He said the monitoring data Beijing offered were reliable. UNEP will take another assessment in 6 months after the end of Olympics.
Chinese link: http://022net.com/2008/8-10/46375720295592.html

Warm weather to stop gradually (August 10, 2008)
The first rain came today and decreased the temperature by 28 degree centigrade. According to the weather forecast, the temperature will keep down in the coming days. The air pollutants will be defused and reduced by the rainfall and wind. And the forecast of air quality show that it will be excellent or good air quality on 10th August.
Chinese link: http://gb.cri.cn/17844/2008/08/10/2225s2187059.htm

Beijing's air quality suitable for all matches on Saturday: official (August 9, 2008)
The air quality in Beijing on Saturday, the first day of competitions in the 29th Olympic Games, is suitable for all scheduled matches, including the cycling road race, a senior municipal environmental official said here. The pollution reading was 79, within the range of "fairly good", Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection, told a press conference held at the Beijing International Media Center. The International Olympic Committee has warned it might reschedule endurance events to avoid health risks amid concerns over pollution.
English link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/09/content_9106455.htm

News press for air quality in Beijing (August 8, 2008)
An extra news press was held in this morning to explain the air quality situation in Beijing. Vice director of Beijing EPB, spokesman, Du Shaozhong, Beijing Meteorological Observatory director Guo Hu and Professor Hao Jiming from Tshinghua University attended the news press. They explained the air quality situation as below: 1) According to the data the air quality achieved the Grade II these days from the beginning of August. 2) The air quality standard used in Beijing is identical with the international standard. 3) The air quality will continue improving after Olympics. 4) Fog happened today because of high temperature, high humility and slow wind, and it is possible to rain in the evening. 5) There will be rainfall in the coming two days, which will end the fog.
Chinese link http://www.scio.gov.cn/xwfbh/qyxwfbh/tt/200808/t208337.htm

IOC chief praises China's anti-pollution efforts (August 7, 2008)
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge lauded China on Thursday for its extraordinary efforts to tackle pollution. "The Chinese authorities have done everything that is feasible and humanly possible to address this situation. What they have done is extraordinary," Rogge told a press conference.
However, air quality has been a concern for many in the build-up to the Beijing Games, and the Chinese organizers have been under fire from the media. With Beijing shrouded in a haze just one day before the start of the Olympics, Rogge snubbed attempts to categorize the air as polluted in the Chinese capital, stating that there is a difference between the haze that has enveloped the city and damaging air pollution.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/07/content_6914474.htm

Transportation: Traffic rule driving rapid improvement (August 7, 2008)
The alternating odd-even license plate restriction on private cars introduced in Beijing from July 20 has effectively reduced traffic, an official said Wednesday. Traffic congestion on major avenues has declined by 21 percent, while average traveling speeds have increased by about 27 percent, deputy director of the Beijing municipal committee of communications Li Jianguo told a press conference.The measure, which will be repealed from Sept 20, targeted Beiijng's 3.3 million drivers and intend to improve traffic flow and air quality. Beijing municipal bureau of environmental protection deputy director Du Shaozhong said last week levels of major pollutants from vehicles, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter, have dropped by 20 percent over last year.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-08/07/content_6914021.htm

Expert: Overcast skies for Olympics opening ceremony (August 7, 2008)
The weather will be mainly overcast but favorable for the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, said Yu Xinwen, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) spokesman, here on Wednesday. He said there was a possibility of a brief shower on Friday afternoon, while the temperature would be between 25 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius. Yu said the weather pattern in Beijing would be complicated over the next few days, so the monitoring and updating of weather forecasts should be strengthened to guarantee accurate short-term forecasts.Qiao Lin, National Meteorological Center of CMA chief forecaster, said the capital would not have extreme weather in the next week. But moderate rain was expected during the weekend. Yu said the Beijing Olympic Meteorological Service Center would provide three-hour weather forecasts for all Olympic venues 72 hours in advance. "We will also provide weather forecasts for every hour, 24 hours in advance, for special sports events," he said.
English link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/07/content_9004143_1.htm

US cyclists apologize for wearing masks (August 7, 2008)
A group of American cyclists has apologized to Beijing Olympic organizers after arriving in China’s capital wearing face masks. Michael Friedman, Sarah Hammer, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed released a statement Wednesday, a day after they caused a stir by showing up in the protective gear.
English link: http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/cycling/news?slug=ap-cyc-cyclists-masks&prov=ap&type=lgns

IOC: Beijing's air is safe for one and all By Li Jing (August 6, 2008)
Beijing's air does not pose any health risk for athletes, officials and other visitors, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Tuesday. Dispelling all fears over overcast and hazy skies in the city, the IOC said data on Beijing's air quality is being assessed on an hourly basis. Haze does not mean poor quality air, a senior Beijing environmental official said a week ago. Arne Ljungqvist, chairman of the IOC medical commission, said at the ongoing 120th IOC session Tuesday: "We are using World Health Organization (WHO) standards for evaluation ... They are fairly tough to meet, but in many aspects, Beijing does.""I am sure and confident that the air quality will not pose any major problem to the athletes and visitors."
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/06/content_6906693.htm

Beijing to have "fairly good" air quality for Olympics opening (August 5, 2008)
An expert from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on Tuesday that if the weather does not change dramatically in the next three days, Beijing will have a "fairly good" level of air quality on Friday, the opening day of the Olympics.
English link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/05/content_8984105.htm

Ozone, particle pollution to be included in monitoring (August 5, 2008)
China is likely to start monitoring ozone and particle pollution from next year to keep anti-pollution campaigns going strong after the Olympics, an environmental official said on Sunday. Fan Yuansheng, of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), said the two pollutants had caused great concern, and the MEP was making technical preparations to monitor them. "We should be able to start regular monitoring of ozone and PM2.5 (particle matter) next year, which would lead to measures to deal with them," Fan told a press conference.He was speaking in response to reports that China's environmental authorities had failed to include fine particles and ozone into their pollution measurements, resulting in an ignorance of the health risks caused by the pollutants.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-08/05/content_6903737.htm

New Zealand's top rowers nod for Beijing air quality (August 5, 2008)
New Zealand's top rowers nodded for the air quality in Beijing, saying that it is quite good and will not have any influence on their performance at the Beijing Olympics in the next few days.In a press conference held in the Main Press Center Tuesday morning, Rob Waddell, who claimed the men's single sculls title in the Sydney Olympics and will go for men's double sculls this time, said: "I haven't noticed anything negative. Most of the time we're out at the course and there has't been a problem at all."
English link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/05/content_8961734.htm

Pollution no major problem for athletes, visitors - IOC (August 5, 2008)
Pollution in Beijing will not pose serious problems for the athletes and other visitors during the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday."I am confident that the air quality will not pose major problems to athletes and visitors here," IOC Medical Commission chief Arne Ljungqvist told the organisation's 120th session.
English link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7701432

BOCOG official forecasts good air quality during Olympics (August 5, 2008)
A Beijing Olympics official said here Monday that athletes, officials and spectators will have good air quality during the Games thanks to the pollution control measures in the past decade.This year, the air quality of 149 days was rated as good. "Based on the measures taken in the ten years, we have full confidence of providing good air quality during the Beijing Olympic Games," the official said.
English link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/04/content_8947562.htm

Tianjin to begin odd-even car ban for Olympics (August 4, 2008)
The government of Tianjin municipality had a conference to prepare the implementation of odd-even car ban during Olympics, inside the area of outer ring, 12:00 to 22:00 everyday from August 6 to 15, in the meantime of football games. According to the emergency plan to cope with the extremely adverse weather conditions, Tianjin government will implement the odd-even car ban in the whole city and whole day when Beijing will meet the adverse weather conditions by the air quality forecast.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200808/t20080804_588479.html

Mist over Beijing, good air quality on August 4 (August 4, 2008)
Because of the mist, the air quality in Beijing switches from excellent to good. The average API from 27 monitoring stations of air quality is 83, much higher than 36 of yesterday. The air pollutants are slowly accumulated because no obvious cold air mass comes and the mist spread. The data from monitoring center of Beijing EPB showed that the API from 21 monitoring stations such as Olympic Center in Chaoyang District are all above 80, and the API of the rest 7 stations all exceed 70. The most polluted places are in Shijingshan District and Haidian District with API 91, and the cleanest place is surrounding Miyun reservoir with API 70.
Chinese link: http://www.bj.xinhuanet.com/bjpd_sdzx/2008-08/04/content_14025571.htm

Blue sky continues, excellent air quality on August 3 (August 3, 2008)
Blue sky continues in Beijing. The average API from 27 monitoring stations of air quality is 36, a little higher than 34 of yesterday, keeping excellent air quality. The air pollutants are slowly accumulated because no obvious rainfall and wind happen. The data from monitoring center of Beijing EPB showed that the API from 20 monitoring stations such as Olympic Center in Chaoyang District are all below 50, achieving excellent air quality, whereas the air quality clarified by the rest 7 stations is good. The most polluted place is in Daxing District with API 61, and the cleanest place is in Changping District with API 16.
Chinese link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-08/03/content_8928184.htm

China will improve regional air quality after Olympics (August 3, 2008)
After Olympic Games, the Chinese government will strengthen the environmental protection work, improve the air quality in Beijing and further enhance the control of the regional air pollution, said by Fan Yuansheng, director of Department of Pollution Control in MEP on the News Press held at International News Press Center in 2008. The air pollution is a complex and regional problem. In order to improve the air quality in Beijing, MEP, Beijing EPB and governments of surrounding provinces and cities get together to implement the measures of air quality control. According to the air quality situation in July, the measures work obviously. Most of them will continue after Olympics because they are long-effective.
Chinese link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-08/03/content_8930646.htm

MEP: another 200 thousand cars will go off road in case of extremely adverse weather conditions (August 3, 2008)
The official from China MEP showed his confidence to the good air quality during Olympics in the news press today. Beijing will suspend another 200 thousand cars responding to the extremely adverse weather conditions, according to the Emergency Measures of Air Pollution Control in Extremely Adverse Weather Conditions during Olympics and Paralympics.
Chinese link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-08/03/content_8930870.htm

Beijing sky turns blue (August 2, 2008)
The National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is seen over a man-made lake, at sunset in Beijing, August 1, 2008. The Beijing sky turned from grey to blue Friday, with the average air pollution index dropping to 28, dubbed as "level 1" or "excellent", local environment authorities said.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-08/02/content_6898949.htm

The "sauna weather" will not appear continuously during Olympics (August 2, 2008)
"There will be less adverse weather conditions in August", said vice director of National Weather Bureau, Zhai Panmao. And based on analysis of the meteorology data in the same period of 30 years, the "sauna weather", which can cause bad air quality, will not appear continuously during Olympics. The average temperature will be 24.9 and the probability of occurrence of daily extremely warm weather above 35 is 0.4%. After the "Autumn Begins" coming on August 7, the weather will become cooler so the "sauna weather" will not happen continuously like July.
Chinese link: http://2008.sina.com.cn/hx/other/2008-08-02/1001139830.shtml

Emergency measures are constituted to guarantee the good air quality (August 1, 2008)
The principle of air quality from MEP pronounced to the public: in order to guarantee the good air quality in extremely adverse weather conditions during Olympics and Paralympics, MEP and governments of Beijing, Tianjin Municipalities and Hebei province together constituted the Emergency Measures of Air Pollution Control in Extremely Adverse Weather Conditions during Olympics and Paralympics. The time point to start or end the implementation of these measures would be suggested by the operation headquarters based on the air quality forecast in coming 48 hours.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200807/t20080731_588456.html


More 10% cars could go off roads for cleaner air (August 1, 2008)
Another 10 percent Beijing vehicles will go off the roads if the weather is "extremely unfavorable" during the Olympic Games, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has said. The traffic restriction already in force allows vehicles with even and odd license numbers to hit the roads only on alternate days, reducing them by half. The emergency measure would make private cars whose last two license plate digits match the date (between August 8 and 24) to be off the roads. This could reduce the total number of private cars on the capital's roads by 60 percent.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-08/01/content_6897108.htm

Beijing: Excellent air quality on 30 July makes people confident to achieve Green Olympics (August 1, 2008)
According to the data from Environmental Monitoring of China, from 20 to 28 in July, the API in Beijing was 55, 65, 67, 85, 113, 110, 118, 113 and 96, respectively. And excellent air quality appeared on July 30, with 43 of API. Vice director of Beijing EPB Du Shaozhong responded that the data indicated the decreasing trend of the pollutants, averagely decreased by 20%. And the accumulation of the pollutants has been slowed down, which will improve the air quality soon.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=26347

Hohhot: destroy 70 boilers to ensure the air quality in Beijing (August 1, 2008)
To solve the problem that annual average concentration of SO2 exceeds the standard and guarantee the air quality in Beijing during Olympics, Hohhot carried out the activities to destroy and improve the boilers in the past two months, ending by July 31. 70 of 237 boilers in the whole city have been destroyed and the rest are being improved. And the monitoring measures will be implemented to prevent the air pollution from new unqualified boilers.
Chinese link:http://www.northnews.cn/news/2008/200808/2008-08-01/158079.html

Stricter car controls mulled if weather worsens (July 30, 2008)
If Beijing's "sauna weather" returns during the Olympics, officials will need to pull more cars from the roads to ensure good air quality, said Professor Zhu Tong, of Peking University, as an air quality adviser to the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday. Officials would then have to consider further measures, including banning from the roads pre-Euro 3 emissions standard vehicles, he told the media in a group interview.
"Statistics showed that the nitride in the air has dropped by 48 percent since July 20 when a series of curbs were implemented to improve air quality ahead of the games," said Liu Zongchao, a researcher of World Economics and Politics Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Beijing's air pollution index for particulate matter dropped to 44 on Wednesday from 90 on Tuesday.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-07/30/content_6890835.htm

Industry, traffic control may expand for cleaner air (July 31, 2008)
Beijing and the neighboring areas may impose stricter measures to curb industrial and vehicle emission in case of serious air pollution during the Olympics, according to China's environmental watchdog. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province will expand their current curbs on cars and factories, should meteorological departments foresee an unfavorable air quality induced by "extreme unfavorable weather conditions" in the coming two days, a report on the website of China's Ministry of Environmental Protection said. Under such circumstances, Beijing would shut down 105 more electric, furniture, building material and chemical plants, halt all construction work, and pull more vehicles off the road. In Tianjin, 56 more coal-fueled power companies, coal-fired heating projects, building materials, electric and chemical factories would be suspended from production in case of unfavorable air quality forecasts, with cars banned on alternate days according to their odd or even plate numbers. Similar measure would be carried out in Hebei Province's Zhangjiakou, Chengde, Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Langfang, and Tangshan. The emergency plan would be terminated after relevant authorities confirm that air quality in the coming two days could meet official standards.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-07/31/content_6893083.htm

Power plants in the area of Beijing, Tianjin Municipalities and Hebei province start the information management system for smokes (July 28, 2008)
The information management system for smokes in power plants in the area of Beijing, Tianjin Municipalities and Hebei province starts to run on July 24. The system can online-monitor the smokes including sampling, storing and releasing the information, and will be used for 150 units in 47 power plants in Beijing, Tianjin Municipalities and Hebei province. It is also a part of strategies to guarantee the air quality during Olympics.
Chinese link: http://www.cepn.sp.com.cn/bwtj/200807/t20080728_247963.htm

At most 40% of vehicles in Beijing will be suspended during Olympics (July 28, 2008)
During Olympics, at most 40% of vehicles in Beijing will be suspended and 60% will be remained on the road, said by Du Shaozhong vice director of Beijing EPB this morning. To sum up the results of all measures for vehicles, the number of the suspended vehicles will be 2 million. And the measures will reduce the pollutants emitted from the vehicles by 63%, 118 thousand tones.
"We are confident to meet our commitment to air quality for the Olympics. In case of extremely bad weather hindering the diffusion of the pollutant particulates, we will take further measures to cope with them. The measures are in the works and they will be carried out one by one," said Du.
Chinese link: http://news.runsky.com/2008-07/28/content_2587585.htm

Xingtang: activities focus on illegal mining to improve the air quality (July 27, 2008)
Xingtang County, the nearest county to the capital of Hebei province, launched special activities to examine and ban the illegal mining in order to welcome the Olympic torch to the capital of Hebei and improve the air quality during Olympics. 45 illegal mining sites have been banned and 12 mining devices have been destroyed.
Chinese link: http://www.heb.chinanews.com.cn/news/fzzx/2008-07-27/25493.shtml

Beijing promises air quality during Games (July 26, 2008)
An environment official on Saturday pledged to maintain Beijing's air quality "on good or moderate levels" during the Olympic Games, denying a recent haze over the city was caused by pollution. "Beijing has made three major leaps in improving the air quality," said Du Shaozhong, deputy director of Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, told a press conference at the Main Press Center (MPC) of the Beijing Olympic Games.
"Monitoring analysis shows the emergency measures adopted since July have helped improve the air quality," the deputy director said, adding that there has been 22 days with API under 100 from July 1 to 25.
About the haze happened from 25th, "Technically, the haze was partly caused by rainy weather," Guo Hu, head of the Beijing Municipal Observatory, said at the conference.
Du Shaozhong discourages people from wearing face masks during the Games, saying it is "totally unnecessary".
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-07/26/content_6879709.htm

Beijing's car controls cut emissions by 20 percent (July 25, 2008)
Major air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particle matter emitted by vehicles have dropped by 20 percent in Beijing, thanks to the city's vehicle restrictions for the Olympics. Twenty-two days out of the first 25 days in July reached the standard of "blue sky" days, or days with fairly good air quality, said Li Wei, deputy secretary general of the Beijing Municipal Government. Beijing took 300,000 high-emission cars off its roads in early July. From July 20 private cars will be banned on alternate days according to their odd or even number license plates, in a bid to improve air quality and ease traffic congestion.
But residents and visitors still complain as the city is covered by mist and fog as usual.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-07/25/content_6878085.htm

Tianjin: examination about taxies� gas cylinders for free in order to keep safe (July 25, 2008)
To guarantee the safety of high pressure cylinders in taxies during Olympics, Department of Quality and Technical Monitoring in Tianjin city started the safety examination for taxies for free from July 21 to 31. So far, there are about 500 taxies using natural gas and effective to save energy and reduce emission. The examinations include leak examination of gas supply system, examination of high-pressure cylinders, shelf examination and regular maintenance. The taxies without the Olympic eligible mark of safety examination will be refused by gas station from August 1.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=26085

The 14th phase of air pollution control has been accomplished (July 24, 2008)
Based on the information from Beijing EPB, the comprehensive missions of fourteenth phase to controlling air pollution has been accomplished, and all guarantee measures are implemented smoothly. Pollutions from vehicles and industry, including coal burning, dust and volatile organic compounds, have been in control. And each department has prepared well to guarantee the air quality during Olympics.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200807/t20080724_588182.html

MEP published the first group of eligible cleansing of vehicle (July 24, 2008)
Aimed to control vehicle pollution, based on three policies, the affiche about the request to manage the cleanser for vehicles, cleansing of vehicle (GB 19592-2004), and control standard of hazardous compounds of vehicle (GWKB 1-1999), MEP published the list of the first group of eligible cleansing of vehicle, which should be used during Olympics and Paralympic.
Chinese link: http://www.zhb.gov.cn/info/bgw/bgg/200807/t20080724_126456.htm

Beijing: Good air quality in the first day of car ban policy (July 22, 2008)
The API in the first day of car ban policy is 55, which means the air quality is good. At the same time, 12 domestic and foreign experts started the monitoring and assessment for air quality during Olympics. The 27 monitoring stations and 18 temporary monitoring stations around Olympics Gyms as well as the 12 ground monitoring stations set by CAS including Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Tangshan, Zhuozhou, Yanjiao and Qinhuangdao began to work. Du Shaozhong, Vice director of Beijing EPB, said that the effect is hard to be observed in short time unless the car ban activity continued for about 20 days. In case the air quality exceeds the standard Beijing EPB will immediately start a contingency plan including banning more vehicles or shutting down more factories.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25985

Air quality forecasts for China (July 22, 2008)
With less than a month remaining before the Beijing Olympics, Chinese officials have introduced a series of measures to improve air quality for the Games. A new tool has been installed in the capital city to allow the Chinese to monitor the effectiveness of these efforts. Poor air quality could pose problems for the Olympic athletes and hinder the performance of those competing outdoors in endurance sports, such as cycling and marathons.
English link: http://www.environmental-expert.com/resulteachpressrelease.aspx?cid=27454&codi=34550&[email protected]&logincode=172948

Emergency Beijing Olympic pollution scheme begins (July 20, 2008)
Beijingers breathed easier on Sunday as traffic restrictions and factory closures came into effect in a last ditch attempt to turn the often smoggy Chinese capital into a pollution-free venue for next month's Olympics.
English link: http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSPEK20436020080720

Qingdao: to enhance vehicle environmental label management (July 4, 2008)
Qingdao recently adopted 4 measures to guarantee vehicle management for better air quality during Olympics. Main measure include enhancing environmental label management for vehicles entering Beijing, emphasizing air quality guarantee work during Olympics, controlling vehicle emissions and establishing a special environment information inquiring system on vehicles during Olympics.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25615

Jinan: to adopt vehicle environmental labeling system for vehicles entering Beijing during Olympics (July 3, 2008)
To guarantee good air quality during Olympics, all vehicles entering Beijing from July 1st to September 20th should get environmental labels, regulated by relevant national departments. As a response to this regulation, Jinan will send out environmental labels to vehicles that will enter Beijing, after those vehicles passed vehicle outlook inspection and emission inspection.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25584

Beijing: citizens commits on green commuting (July 3, 2008)
In the past week, about 160 community representatives and 70 volunteers made a commitment on green commuting during Olympics. They committed to choose riding, walking for commuting, reduce carbon emission and air pollution by driving less. They also promised to promote those active environmental-friendly commuting and living habits after the Olympics.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25594

Beijing mulls peak-shifting plan for Olympics (July 2, 2008)
Beijing is deliberating a plan that will allow employees in different sectors to go to work at different hours in the morning to relieve traffic pressure on the rush hours during the Olympics. Meanwhile, some employees may also be asked to wrap up work earlier than normal to avoid jamming the roads during evenings. The moves are aimed at curbing traffic and reducing air pollution during the Olympics.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-07/02/content_6813896.htm

Beijing drives high-emission vehicles off the road (July 1, 2008)
Beijing banned more than a quarter million high-emission vehicles from its roads on Tuesday, part of a drive to curb pollution ahead of the Olympics. In the capital, about 300,000 high-emission motor vehicles that don't meet the exhaust standards won't be allowed on the road until September 20. However, their owners will be compensated with tax breaks and exemption from road maintenance fees during the period. Previously, such vehicles were only allowed to hit the road in certain areas and hours. Vehicles registered outside Beijing must obtain special permits and meet emmission standards before entering the capital during the period.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-07/01/content_6810935.htm

Hebei implemented special inspection to guarantee environment quality during Olympics (June 30, 2008)
Hebei EPB recently organized 7 monitoring groups to inspect the implementation of environment guarantee measure. Those groups will be dispatched to many key cities, such as Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Tangshan, Qinhuangdao, Lanfang, Chengde and Zhangjiakou in the next 3 months. The inspection group will focus on air quality condition, implementation of biomass burning forbidden measures and other environment guarantee measures.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200806/t20080630_587371.html

Beijing launched transport guarantee plan during Olympics (June 24, 2008)
To guarantee good air quality in Beijing during Olympics, Beijing recently launched a special transport guarantee plan for Olympics and Paralympics. Key measures include add-even plate number traffic control, postpone operation period of public transport, establish special traffic zone for Olympic relevant vehicles, and environment management to other vehicles entering Beijing.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25365

Qingdao: Air quality has met Olympic requirements (June 24, 2008)
On a recent press conference held in Qingdao, it was indicated that air quality in Qingdao had met Olympic requirements. There will be great possibility that air quality of Qingdao in August and September will reach national II standard.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25354

Qingdao: Chengyang sub-EPB to guarantee air quality during Olympics (June 23, 2008)
Chengyang sub-EPB of Qingdao province has implemented blue sky measures this year, to guarantee good air quality during Olympics. A series of measures were adopted, including to control the sales and usage of high-sulfur coal, to accelerate the phase out of coal-burning boilers, to control floating dust and enhance vehicle inspection and transport management.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25329

Beijing to restrict vehicles during Olympics (June 20, 2008)
Beijing will impose an even-odd system based on license plate numbers that will keep vehicles off the road on alternate days from July 20 to September 20 to ease congestion and improve the air quality for the Olympics and Paralympics, the municipal government said on Friday. Exceptions to the restrictions will include police and other emergency vehicles, taxis, buses and embassy cars, according to a statement on the website of the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-06/20/content_6782993.htm

Tianjin: Obvious air quality improvement (June 16, 2008)
Tianjin government recently held a press conferment about environment and Olympics. Relevant officials indicate that air quality in Tianjin had improved obviously. Tianjin has made a special working and implementation plan to guarantee air quality during Olympics. The plan covers key air pollution control measures, including industrial pollution control, new vehicle emission standard, transportation management, and air quality monitoring and forecast capacity building etc.
Chinese link: http://www.mep.gov.cn/hjyw08/200806/t20080616_123992.htm

Traffic during Olympics: Odd-even rule to reduce traffic by 70% (June 21, 2008)
More than 2.3 million cars, up to 70 percent of the total, could be removed from Beijing's roads during the Olympics, as a result of new measures, the local transport authority said on Friday. In a bid to ease congestion and reduce emissions, between July 20 and Sept 20, Beijing's 3.3 million private car owners will be required to abide by an odd-and-even license plate rule, which allows them to drive into the city only on alternate days.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-06/21/content_6784316.htm

Beijing to offer precision air quality forecast for Olympic venues (June 14, 2008)
A new forecasting system is now able to tell the air quality at each Olympic venue 72 hours in advance. The now operational computer system can assess how after being emitted from a source, pollutants flow in the air, undergo what kind of physical change and chemical reaction, generate what kind of secondary pollutant and its density. Beijing has spent more than 120 billion yuan (17.3 billion U.S. dollars) to contain air pollution since 1998. The city has expanded public transport, tested a temporary traffic ban that is to be adopted during the Games and relocated polluting factories.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-06/14/content_6760985.htm

Traffic, air quality emphasized during Olympics (June 13, 2008)
China's Vice President Xi Jinping Thursday urged guaranteeing smooth traffic, sound air quality and sound food safety during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He urged guaranteeing subway safety and smooth traffic during the Olympics, improving Olympic food safety supervision mechanism and using the latest technology to monitor air quality. He ordered strengthening efforts in improving environment and air quality and living up to the promise of sound air quality during the Olympics.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-06/13/content_6758171.htm

Shandong: Forbid agricultural straw burning to guarantee air quality (June 13, 2008)
Shandong province released a notice to enhance agricultural straw burning forbid, to guarantee good air quality during Olympics. A special team was organized by various departments, including science and technology, agriculture, environment protection, development and reform committee etc. The team will be in charge of inspection for this forbid regulation.
Chinese link: http://www.mep.gov.cn/hjyw08/200806/t20080613_123906.htm

Chongqing will label all vehicles entering Beijing with Olympic Environmental signs (June 12, 2008)
Chongqing will provide free vehicle outlook and emission inspection to all vehicles entering Beijing, and label them with Olympic Environmental signs. Vehicles which will enter Beijing should pass three procedures, including outlook check, emission inspection and labeling.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25151

Beijing launched response strategy to urgent environment events (June 11, 2008)
Beijing recently launched a special response strategy for urgent environment events. Environment pollution events resulting more than 30 deaths� will be recognized as significant urgent environment events to launch a red alarm.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200806/t20080611_586801.html

Carpet ban on fireworks in Beijing during Games (June 10, 2008)
All fireworks will be banned across Beijing between July 1 and Oct 8 for safety reasons ahead of and during the Olympics and Paralympics, the city's safety administration said yesterday. According to a new regulation published on the administration's website, the ban on firecrackers and fireworks will be extended to areas beyond the Fifth Ring Road. Previously, it applied only to areas within the Fifth Ring Road. People in that area could use fireworks only on special occasions, like Spring Festival and other festivals, the administration said.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/citylife/2008-06/10/content_6749140.htm

Italian experts: It is wrong to say that there is no improvement in Beijing air quality (June 10, 2008)
Recently an Italian media reported that there is no improvement in Beijing air quality. An Italian expert rejected this conclusion. He indicated that Beijing had achieved a lot to improve air quality in the past 5 years, while many European countries took 20 to 25 years to achieve the same effect. He believed that Beijing's air quality improvement efforts had performed effectively. Many activities should be promoted in other cities to improve air quality in the whole nation scale.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=25077

Green Olympics, Construct environmental �friendly society (June 6, 2008)
Olympic cities recently held different kinds of Green Olympic Exhibition to promote Green Olympic senses of citizens. Road of Green Olympics Exhibition was held the first time in August 2007. From June 5 to June 15, Beijing EPB will provide the exhibition free to citizens. Similarly, Tianjin held an exhibition on Ecological Culture and Green Olympics. Qingdao held an environmental educational exhibition on June 5th as well.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200806/t20080605_586702.html

Qingdao: environment ideas collection for Olympic Sailing Games (June 6, 2008)
To welcome Olympics Games, Qingdao recently held an environment ideas collection activity to publics. It aims to collect detailed or small environment protection ideas from public in daily lives, and to enhance environment awareness of the public.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200806/t20080605_586620.html

Shanxi: Efforts to guarantee blue sky during Olympics (June 5, 2008)
On a recent governmental meeting, Shanxi Province revealed that a special action to guarantee Blue Skye for Olympics would start from June 5th. The whole action will be divided into two stages, pollution abatement stage before the end of June and pollution prevention stage from July 1st to September 20th. Shanxi aims to guarantee air quality of key cities to reach national II standard.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200806/t20080605_586622.html

Beijing: Green Olympic Propagate activities held in Huairou District (June 5, 2008)
Environment Protection Committee in Huairou District of Beijing held a series of Green Olympic Propagate activities on June 4th. These propagate activities aim to promote public environmental awareness, Green Olympics and environmental-friendly society construction.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200806/t20080605_586621.html

Qingdao Environment Monitoring Station responsible for air pollution and sound auto monitoring in Qingdao Olympic stadium (May 30, 2008)
Qingdao Environment Monitoring Station will be responsible for air quality and sound automatic monitoring in stadium surrounding areas. Key air quality monitoring items include CO2, NO2, CO, O3 and PM10. All the data will be transferred through wireless system. The Station will launch regular report on air quality and sound environment in stadium surrounding areas.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24888

Qingdao: buses along the sea should meet Euro III emission standard (May 30, 2008)
To improve air quality for Olympics, Qingdao drew out a special region requiring that vehicles in this region should meet Euro III emission standard. The center of the region is Olympic Sailing Base, and the region covers 6 kilometers surround the base.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24351#

Inner Mongolia: Air Quality Guarantee Meeting during Olympics in Key Areas (May 26, 2008)
Recently, the air quality guarantee meeting during Olympics in key areas was held by environment department of Inner Mongolia Province on May 22. Detailed air quality guarantee tasks were arranged to specific responsible person and specific areas. Detailed implementation plans were discussed in the meeting.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24788

Hebei: government officer is responsible for air quality goals in specific areas (May 23, 2008)
Hebei recently held the national teleconference on safety and environment quality during Olympics. Hebei will enhance the provincial air quality through energy-saving and emission reduction efforts and straw burning ban. Government officers will be responsible for air quality improvement efforts in separated areas, to guarantee the efforts to increase air quality will be promoted in all places in the whole province.
Chinese link: http://www.mep.gov.cn/hjyw08/200805/t20080523_122921.htm

Games to have 'lasting' impact on Beijing (May 23, 2008)
Recently, Jones Lang LaSalle, a global professional services firm that specializes in real estate, launched a White Paper titled Accelerating Toward a New Beijing, examining how the Games would drive the transformation of Beijing. Since Beijing won the Olympic Games bid in 2001, approximately $41 billion has been budgeted for the city's transformation, and a substantial portion of this has been invested in improving the environment and expanding infrastructure. Efforts to improve the environment are making Beijing a more comfortable place to live and conduct business in.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-05/23/content_6707540.htm

Rizhao in Shandong province held air quality guarantee meeting for Olympics (May 22, 2008)
Rizhao city in Shandong Province recently held the air quality guarantee for Olympics cheer-up meeting. Detailed air quality guarantee tasks were arranged, with key focus on air quality monitoring in excessive-polluting enterprises.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24735

Olympic air quality guarantee measures go smoothly (May 19, 2008)
The 5th coordination meeting of 29th Olympic Air Quality Guarantee Work was held in Beijing on May 15th. Representatives from Beijing surrounding provinces and regions, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shandong province. In addition, many key industrial corporations attended the meeting as well, including Sinopec, China Petro and State Grid.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24681

MEP: all vehicles entering Beijing during Olympics should hold environment labels (May 19, 2008)
According to Beijing Air Quality Guarantee Measure for 29th Olympics, all vehicles entering Beijing during the Olympics should hold environment labels. Vehicles failing to get environment qualifying labels will be prohibited to enter Beijing. The above vehicle restriction will be implemented from July 1st to September 20th 2008.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24662

Qingdao Environment Monitoring Center to guarantee air quality report during Olympics (May 16, 2008)
Qingdao Environment Monitoring Center has put forward 3 measures to guarantee daily air quality report during Olympics. Three key measure included enhancing monitoring to the operation of monitoring facilities, enhancing the effectiveness of monitoring data, and enhancing air quality forecast work.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24621

Beijing: 500 new energy vehicles put into use (May 12, 2008)
A batch of updated new energy vehicles, green energy technology, high energy efficiency technology and environmental new technologies will play important roles during the Olympics. After the Olympic bid, Olympic Technology Action Plan 2008 was launched by Ministry of Technology and Science and other department. As a part of this action plan, 500 new energy vehicles will be put into use, making the transportation in Olympic Central areas with zero emission.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200805/t20080512_585858.html

500 new energy vehicles put into use, zero emission during Olympics (May 12, 2008)
About 500 new energy vehicles will be put into use during Olympics. This is one of many technological Olympic measures adopted by Beijing. Those new vehicles will guarantee Beijing Olympics to achieve zero emission in stadium surrounding areas.
English link: http://www.mep.gov.cn/hjyw08/200805/t20080512_122333.htm

Olympic show 'all sparkle, no smoke' (May 9, 2008)
The traditional Chinese spectacle of fireworks displays will light up Beijing the night of the Olympics' opening ceremony, but the surrounding air will remain relatively clear thanks to highly advanced pyrotechnics. Fireworks with magnetic valves to control explosions of compressed air will produce just 20 percent of the smoke emitted from traditional chemical blasts.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-05/09/content_6672196.htm

Air Quality assessment and forecast project for Beijing Olympics will launch (May 9, 2008)
Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences recently launched the project of Air Quality Assessment and Forecast for Beijing Olympics. The project is lead by Beijing EPB, to analyze the impact of air pollution and surrounding environment to Beijing. The project will also provide weather forecast in North China region before and after the Olympics. The project can also provide macro policy suggestion to Beijing surrounding areas, in the condition of serious regional air pollution.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24489

Beijing: Crop straw burning banned in the city and surrounding areas (May 5, 2008)
From the beginning of May to the end of September, crop straw burning will be banned in Beijing and surrounding areas, including Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Liaoning etc. This new regulation is released by Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, to guarantee air quality during Olympics in Beijing. During the requiring banning period, Ministry of Environment will monitor the crop straw burning condition by satellite remote monitoring technologies.
Chinese link: http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2008-05-05/021513829040s.shtml

Conference hails Green Olympics (April 30, 2008)
Officials from the United Nations and representatives from nongovernmental organizations from China and around the world gathered in Beijing on Monday to pay tribute to the concept of a "Green Olympics" that starts in 100 days. The China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the UN jointly staged the conference, which involved more than 80 Chinese NGOs. Representatives from nongovernmental organizations from North and South America, Europe and Africa also took part.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2008-04/30/content_6653222.htm

Olympic traffic lanes to open in July (April 25, 2008)
Beijing will rope off 264 km of traffic lanes in late July so that vehicles carrying athletes and other figures connected to the Olympic Games can move freely through the city and from venue to venue, The Beijing News reported this week. Vehicles will be able to travel at least 60 kph on these lanes, it said. They will operate around-the-clock for 63 days from July 25 to Sept 25.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-04/25/content_6644233.htm

Qingdao: Comprehensive measures to guarantee air quality during Olympic Sailing Games (April 24, 2008)
Qingdao has adopted several measures to guarantee environment quality during Olympic Sailing Games. Those measures include promoting clean energy, such as biomass, wind, solar and ocean energy, promoting natural gas to facilitate 400 thousand livelihoods to use it. In addition, Qingdao will phase out small coal-fired boilers and enhance desulphurization of coal-fired boilers.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24231

Qingdao: air quality during Olympics will be 100% good (April 21, 2008)
Xia Geng, mayor of Qingdao city, indicated that air quality of Qingdao during Olympics will be guaranteed to be 100% good in August. In the past 6 year, Qingdao has adopted a lot measure to improve environment locally, including closing small boilers, adopting clean fuels and enhancing pollution control measures.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24151

Beijing: Closure of factories will not hit economy (April 18, 2008)
Beijing's economic growth this year will not be significantly affected by its plans to temporarily shut down factories, reduce their production, and limit the use of cars to improve air quality during the Olympic Games, an official said Thursday. Yu declined to give an estimate as to how much the shutdown from July 20 to September 20 will cost the industrial sector.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-04/18/content_6626549.htm

Green Commuting from July 20 (April 16, 2008)
Beijing will promote green commuting during July 20 to September 20. This is also included in the Air Quality Guarantee Measures during 2008 Olympics. Key measures cover vehicle management, outdoor spray prohibition and industrial boilers restriction. It revealed that after the Olympics, some measure will be maintained to improve environment in Beijing, including stricter vehicle fuel standard, green commuting advocacy etc.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=24060

Qingdao will monitor key polluters all day (April 3, 2008)
To guarantee the smooth-going of sports events during Olympic Sailing Games, Qingdao EPB has strengthened air pollution monitoring to key polluters, including 19 key monitoring polluting sources, to ensure all industrial polluters emit at a qualified level. Those failed the environment standard will be suspended during the game.
Chinese link: http://www.mep.gov.cn/hjyw/200804/t20080403_120673.htm

"Green Olympics: From idea to empirics" exhibition started (April 2, 2008)
Beijing Olympic Organization Committee Communication Department held an exhibition in Beijing recently, in the theme of "Green Olympic: from idea to empirics". Hundreds of pictures and models were exhibited. The whole exhibition was divided into four segments, including green stadiums, eco-cities, energy-saving and emission reduction, and public participation. The pictures and models introduced briefly key ideas of Green Olympics, and efforts of Beijing government to improve environment and the already results.
Chinese link: http://www.mep.gov.cn/hjyw/200804/t20080402_120565.htm

Olympics power Qingdao transport construction (April 2, 2008)
The city government plans to invest a total of 77 billion yuan in a modern transportation system during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10) to ensure Qingdao's position as an international shipping center and regional airline hub, says the Qingdao Municipal Communication Commission. According to the plan, 23.2 billion yuan will be earmarked for road construction, 25.17 billion yuan for port projects, 4.3 billion yuan for air terminals, 18.34 billion yuan for new railways and stations and 2.25 billion yuan for bus stations.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2008-04/02/content_6584431.htm

Top legislator urges preparation for successful Olympics (April 2, 2008)
China's top legislator Wu Bangguo has urged the Beijing municipal government to make good preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games to ensure it will be unique and successful. Beijing should continue to improve its environmental protection and infrastructure, try harder to control air and water pollution, curb vehicle emissions and give priority to the development of the public transportation system, he said.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-04/02/content_6587778.htm

Tianjin launched time line to reduce SO2 emission (April 1, 2008)
Tianjin will push forward pollution reduction to finish 11th FYP reduction aims, under the opportunity of co-holding Olympics. Tianjin will finish the desulphurization establishment in 9 power generation plants, including Datang Panshan Electric, Junliang Electric, to reduce SO2 pollution effectively.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23807

Shenyang: Environment classification system for Vehicles during Olympics (April 1, 2008)
Shenyang will adopt vehicle environmental classification system. The vehicles will be labeled in green or yellow colors with different access permits. Also vehicles with different labels will follow different administrations separately. Shenyang will continue raise new vehicle access standard and adopt emission pollution control.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23808

Olympic health monitoring program launched (April 1, 2008)
In preparation for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and the General Electric Company (GEC), a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, announced on Monday two research programs aimed at demonstrating that health monitoring and early intervention leads to injury prevention and enhanced health and sports performances for athletes.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-04/01/content_6581343.htm

Beijing adds new forest park for Olympic games (Mar.28, 2008)
To improve air quality and attract tourists during the 2008 summer Olympics, Beijing has approved a national forest park, bringing the total number to 15, the municipal forestry authorities said Thursday. The forest park, called Labagou, boasts rich plant and animal species and is of great importance in protecting the environment protection of the 2008 Olympics host city, said the municipal forestry department.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-02/28/content_6494304.htm

Shenyang launched Olympic Environment Safety Project (Mar.26, 2008)
Shenyang recently launched the Olympic Environment Safety Project, with key focus on vehicle emission control. From June 1st on, all renewed buses should meet national III emitting standard. Meanwhile, all the running buses should use fuel cleaning additives and avoid black smoking.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23677

CAS established Air Quality Comprehensive Monitoring System in Olympic Region (Mar.26, 2008)
China Academy of Science (CAS) recently established the Olympic Region Air Quality Comprehensive Monitoring System. The system covers indoor air quality monitoring of Olympic Stadiums and Outdoor air quality monitoring of surrounding areas.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23681

Inner Mongolia assists Beijing to meet Olympic air quality goal (Mar.24, 2008)
To assist Beijing to meet air quality commitment during Olympics, Inner Mongolia government recently launched the Beijing Air Quality Guarantee Measure Implementation Program during Olympics. The program includes 5 regions as key pollution control area, requiring all electric enterprise install desulphurization, dust elimination and control SO2 and NOx emission.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23643

Shijiazhuang close black-smoking boilers to guarantee good air quality for Olympics (Mar. 21, 2008)
Shijiazhuang EPB held a promotion meeting on desulphurization and dust elimination of coal-burning boilers on March 19. The meeting urged all industrial boilers should finish treatment before end of June. All the failed boilers will be shut down. This is one of the measures adopted by Shijiazhuang city to guarantee good air quality for Olympics
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23614

Qinghuangdao: 20 air pollution prevention projects (Mar.19, 2008)
To guarantee good air quality during Olympics, Qinghuangdao started the Welcoming Olympics Air Quality Guarantee Program, in which about 20 air pollution prevention projects will be implemented. Air quality monitoring report and alarming systems will be established during Olympics. An official from Qinhuangdao EPB indicated that all air pollution prevention projects should be finished before Olympics, otherwise, heavy polluting units will be stopped.
Chinese link: http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=23547

Air fit for Olympics: IOC report (Mar.19, 2008)
Air quality in the capital this August will be good enough for Olympians during the Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said after a study by its medical commission. The commission studied and collected data on the city's air quality from an Olympic pre-run event last August.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2008-03/19/content_6547476.htm

Beijing will control floating dust during Olympics (Mar.18, 2008)
Beijing relevant departments will strictly control floating dust during Olympics. Before the end of June, all construction sites should be covered by sands, roads solidified, in and out vehicles with wheels washed and barren lands greened.
Chinese link: http://www.cenews.com.cn/xwzx/zhxw/qt/200803/t20080318_223085.html

Shenyang: Clear skies (Mar.17, 2008)
Well known in the country for heavy industry and severe pollution, some cities in Liaoning province were not even visible by satellite in the 1980s. Today, however, the sky in Shenyang, the province's capital, is bluer than Beijing. Last year, Shenyang had over 320 good air quality days, about 70 days more than Beijing, thanks to the province's efforts in energy savings and emission control.
English link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2008-03/17/content_6540616.htm

Qingdao: Emissions effort brings more blue skies (Mar.12, 2008)
The number of vehicles in Qingdao has been increasing by 300 to 400 a day, totaling 1.36 million by the end of 2007, according to official statistics. Vehicle emissions have brought serious pollution to the city, so the city government mandated a sharp reduction of car emissions in preparation for the coming Olympics sailing competition to ensure clear skies for the event.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2008-03/12/content_6527750.htm

Qingdao keeping its Green Olympics promises (Mar.12, 2008)
The local government has for years been working hard to fulfill its promise to build an environmentally friendly city - and its efforts are now bearing fruit. "The environment in Qingdao meets the requirement of a green Olympics - blue skies, clean water and harmonious city that all present a comfortable environment for the Olympic sailing competition and the life of residents"
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2008-03/12/content_6527753.htm

Beijing confident for clean, safe Olympics (Mar.11, 2008)
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman voiced confidence on Tuesday that the country will host a clean and safe Olympics.China is confident in safeguarding the environment and security conditions during the period when the Olympic Games are being held in Beijing, spokesman Qin Gang said at a routine press conference.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-03/11/content_6527523.htm

Qinhuangdao: 20 key air pollution treatment projects in 2008 (Mar.10, 2008)
Qinhuangdao government recently determined key areas, industries and pollution sources to control air pollution. Plans before Olympics and during Olympics were made out. In all, about 20 pollution treatment projects were arranged.
http://www.bjba.com/news/qhd/200803/18642.shtml

Rogge: China making progress on air quality (Mar.9, 2008)
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge on Saturday said that China is making big strides in clearing up its air quality ahead of the 2008 Olympics. During the opening ceremony of the 4th World Conference on Women and Sports, which was opened in the sort of Dead Sea, Jordan, Rogge told some reporters that "we will see that Beijing has made major progress."
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-03/09/content_6519947.htm

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