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Artist’s “Breathing Bike” a breath of fresh air in smoggy Beijing

April 1st, 2013

Amid record-breaking levels of air pollution, a Beijing-based British artist has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect himself against the city’s foul air while making a political point at the same time.


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Beijing Treated Olympians To Clearer Skies; Can It Continue The Legacy?

August 26th, 2008

By Diane Porter

There are already undeniable legacies of the 2008 Olympic Games: eight gold medals hanging around U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps’ neck, for instance, or the otherworldly sprint that helped Jamaican runner Usain Bolt break Michael Johnson’s record in the men’s 100 meter race. There are visual reminders, as well; the Olympic pavilions, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube will remain a part of central Beijing life for decades.

Perhaps the most crucial legacy, however, is yet to be played out. As hotels empty, athletes and television crews return to their home countries, and Beijing goes back to a life more sheltered from the world, the lingering question is this: Will the enormous and by most accounts successful efforts to reduce the city’s pollution during the Olympic games continue in some fashion, improving life for those who live there and reducing the city’s footprint on the global environment?

“Beijing will be built into a livable city,” said Du Shaozhong, deputy head of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau in a press conference the day before closing ceremonies.


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Olympic Athletes in Beijing: Let The Breathing Challenges Begin!

August 8th, 2008

By Diane Porter They could all be fine. Or they could suffer allergic reactions, coughs, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, oxygen debt and cramps. Their performances could slip, Photo: Frank Wechsel / triathlon.org   Jason Shoemaker competes at the 2007 BG Triathlon World Cup their chances for world records could suffer. And predicting medal winners could [...]


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