Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clean Air Part of Legacy of 2008 Beijing Olympics

The Wall Street Journal blog noted today that China spent $10 billion to reduce air pollution in Beijing prior to the 2008 Olympics. Air quality was improved by 30%, but by summer 2009 60% of the improvement had been lost. (see: WSJ - China air quality)

Despite the slide back toward pollution, there is no question that the build-up for the 2008 Olympics dramatically increased air quality. I suspect some degree of the improvement will last for years to come, significantly improving the quality of life for millions of people.

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