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Beijing Air is Fine, Says Government

Ming Pao Daily, Posted: Jul 29, 2008

HONG KONG Although Beijing closed factories and, since July 20, has removed at least half the vehicles from the streets, its air is still dirty, reports the Ming Pao Daily. Scientific data shows that the grey foggy air in Beijing has been "slightly polluted" since last Thursday, but officials argue that air quality in Beijing has reached the "Olympics standard." Shaozhong Du, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, said foggy air doesn't necessarily mean pollution. Air in the bathroom can be foggy but not polluted. He suggested people believe scientific data, not their own eyes, and promised that Beijing will have clean air during the Olympics. Du said the fall season starts on August 7 on the lunar calendar, the day before the Opening Ceremony. Beijing expects more wind in fall. Du believes that will also clean the air.

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