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Post time 2008-8-6 10:06:59 |Display all floors
Why do they wear air masks at the airport?

Is Beijing's air quality that much different from american cities?

Yao Ming does not wear an air mask in Beijing or in american cities. No need.

But why do american athletes wear air masks?  
Apparently they are not city residents, just rural red necks.  
Are most of them from Texas, same place where George Bush comes from?

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Post time 2008-8-6 10:13:40 |Display all floors
I suppose they are from Iowa the same as Herbert Clark Hoover.

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Post time 2008-8-6 10:28:46 |Display all floors
IOC: Beijing's air is safe for one and all
By Li Jing (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-08-06 06:49

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."

Praising Beijing's green efforts, Sarah Liao Sau Tung, environmental advisor to the Beijing Olympics organizing committee (BOCOG) said the city had created an "unprecedented environmental legacy", which will benefit millions of people in the days and years to come.

With just three days to go for the Beijing Olympics, a section of the international media has raised the bogey of Beijing's air quality again, saying it fails to meet the WHO standards.

But Ljungqvist said the WHO representative in Beijing has expressed "extreme dissatisfaction" with such media for exaggerating the city's pollution problem. Ljungqvist met with the WHO official recently.

"The WHO standards are not intended for temporary visitors," Ljungqvist said. "They are for permanent residents" to guard them against long-term risks.

Since being awarded the 2008 Games, Beijing has spent billions of dollars to improve its environment. It has implemented a number of drastic measures, including stopping work at construction sites and closing polluting factories, to improve air quality during the Games.

The IOC's top medical official praised China for its efforts. It has "done a lot The Beijing Olympics will be a good example of what can be done with the Games in a city".

Quoting weather experts, Sarah Liao said it was unlikely for any of the 17 days during the Games to experience a stagnant atmosphere that would trap pollutants and deteriorate the air quality. And it is least likely to happen on Friday, the opening day of the Games.

Liao said the likelihood of using any of the "special contingency measures" to improve air quality during the Games was minimum because the emission reduction efforts, such as the even-and-odd vehicle license plate number scheme, have proved effective.

Since July 20, vehicles with even and odd license plate numbers have been allowed to hit the roads only on alternate days, reducing emission by about 20 percent, the Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau has said.

Though Beijing will not retain all the temporary measures it has taken to reduce pollution, its "environmental legacy" is likely to be extended to other parts of the country after the Games.

"The Olympics is like a catalyst," she said. "Without it, Beijing would have probably taken 20 to 30 years to do what it has done in seven years."

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Post time 2008-8-6 10:32:41 |Display all floors
A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Is Beijing air the poison? OMG, then how Beijing locals live everyday's life?

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Post time 2008-8-6 10:47:15 |Display all floors
They live with a higher risk of respiratory disease.
"Justice prevails... evil justice."

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Post time 2008-8-6 11:07:45 |Display all floors
Originally posted by interesting at 2008-8-6 10:47
They live with a higher risk of respiratory disease.

Faint   Then it means Chinese people have strong respiratory organs.

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