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Can Beijing Really Clean Up Its Air?

By January 21, 2013

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A week after reports of some of the worse pollution levels in Beijing ever, the Chinese government has drafted guidelines in an attempt to deal with the problem, according to the Financial Times.

The drafted plans, posted on the government's website, call for "emergency measures" for days when the air pollution index poses a rsik to public safety. These measures include preventing yangrou chaur (lamb kebab) vendors and other food vendors and restaurants from burning coal (a big contributor to the capital's pollution), cars fom idleing for more than three minutes in front of school and hospitals, and cars will be subject to ranom emissions testing, among other measures. Clearly, this is a step in the rght direction, but China should target the folks that provide the most popllution first, like factories, rather than street vendors.

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