Changing China

Giant on the move

Smogwatch (1)

July 28, 2008

After a promising start in the immediate aftermath of the “odd-even” car restrictions and factory closures on July 20th, the air quality in Beijing has slowly deteriorated, as this combination picture shows.

Beijing's polluted skies 

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau says data shows that improvements have been made, but this is surely not the backdrop that organisers had in mind for the Olympics.

What chance the Beijing Meteorological Bureau pitches in with a little chemical-induced rain to clear the skies in the next few days?  

Combination photographs of Beijing skyline taken from July 22 to 27, 2008. Top row L-R July 22 to 24 and bottom row, L-R July 25 to 27 By Claro Cortes IV.


What else should you expect from Communist China?
The truth is out there … just not from China’s government.

Posted by Freedom Speaks | Report as abusive

These pictures are worth a million words! Please keep the sequence going.

Posted by Erik Kirschbaum | Report as abusive

Post Your Comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see