A new species of monkey has been found in northern Myanmar, puzzling scientists because of a snub nose that means they are often heard “sneezing in the rain”.
It was a bright sunny morning with hardly a cloud in the sky as our plane from Europe sped across Northwest China. The skies were blue and the visibility so great from 10,000 metres up that you could spot houses, huts, trails and even fences on the desert ground below.
But about 30 minutes before landing in Beijing, the earth gradually disappeared beneath a thickening blanket of greenish-yellowish-brownish haze. Clouds? Smog? Who can say for sure?
It reminded me of the unnatural colours of the smog that used to plague Los Angeles decades ago before catalytic converters became mandatory equipment on cars and California authorities took other tough steps to tackle the air pollution problem.