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An end to worldwide air pollution

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As Olympics near, Beijing still can’t beat pollution
Los Angeles Times, CA
Beijing’s pollution woes are a product of both geography and its booming economy. The city sits in a basin surrounded by three mountains
Worsening pollution prompts crackdown in Beijing Globe and Mail
Beijing Plans to Quickly Reduce Air Pollution for Olympics Voice of America
Beijing pollution still twice WHO levels: Greenpeace ABS CBN News
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The world will be watching to see if China can provide clean air for the Olympic Games. If one of the world’s most polluted cities can achieve that, we should rejoice because it means that we are still capable of bringing the environment back from the brink.

If they do achieve their aim to provide clean air for a sports event, what excuse is there to deny the world’s populations the same quality of air for their very survival.

To expect the industrialised world to end air polution is about as futile as expecting the Australian Government to cease coal exports that contribute so much to the earth’s carbon emissions.

Ah well … it is a nice thought at least!


Written by Greg Naylor

31 July 2008 at 10:00 am

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  1. Er, what exactly are you suggesting here, Greg? Every city have its own Olympics?


    31 July 2008 at 3:28 pm

  2. Well yeah, if you could convince every town to shut down all its industries within about a 100km radius I guess we’d have clean air … and no industries. Even if Beijing achieves this for the 16 days of the Olympics, it’ll be ‘business as usual’ once the games are over, surely.

    I’m of the opinion that China should never have been awarded the Olympics, for this reason and (more so) for their appalling human rights record. South Africa would have been far more worthy than China, now that they’ve reformed. And what a tribute that would have been to Mandela. A missed opportunity.

    China’s games will be a joke.


    31 July 2008 at 6:52 pm

  3. JR: I think it is a great test of the political will of nations – when it suits them.

    Ray: Of course it will be business as usual. However, there will be a lot more Chinese people who will have been exposed to western civilisation who might gradually make more democratic demands of their government.

    The fact of China being awarded the Olympic Games has better exposed their system of government to the wider world and gives us all a better understanding of where China really sits amongst the world’s powers … threats and all.

    Greg Naylor

    31 July 2008 at 7:40 pm

  4. Yeah, Ray, that would have been a very respectful gesture to Mr Mandela. What a year that would have been for Nelson, being removed from the US terrorist list, Wow!

    But there might be one tiny oversight on your part, Ray, that little fact that Gosper & Co are only interested in rewarding the highest bidder. And I even go further and say that Gosper would be the biggest scumbag in this whole equation.


    31 July 2008 at 7:43 pm

  5. Sorry Greg, but I can’t agree, this Olympics is just one secretive, authoritarian organisation cutting a deal with another secretive, authoritarian organisation. The Chinese people haven’t been exposed to western civilisation, they’ve just been bought off with the trinkets of commercialism.

    Did you hear today that the journos at the games will not be given unrestricted access to the internet? They’ll have all of their traffic, email included, purged by the same filters that the rest of the Chinese population do. The IOC knew all along that this was going to be the case, but didn’t bother to tell any of its media ‘partners’. To be honest, the IOC proabably wishes it was always like that, to stop journos focussing on the shady side of the Olympics. Do you think the IOC really wanted any of the Balco drug cheats caught? Not a chance.

    The IOC and the Chinese government deserve one another.

    Dave from Albury

    31 July 2008 at 8:01 pm

  6. Don’t apologise Dave. I accept your perspective. But doesn’t all this shift the focus from the corruption of the USA across to China and the threats that poses to the future of International politics? Without the Olympics, we may have been shielded censored from those facts.

    Greg Naylor

    31 July 2008 at 8:31 pm

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