just got back from beijing(!!). the olympics was an unbelievable experience, but i wanted to show huddlers just how blue the sky was:
this is a pic from tiananmen square, across the street from the forbidden city. i was floored by how clear the sky was. i've been to china three times prior (1995, 2002, 2007), and the air was astoundingly different. no more icky haze...clearly, the drastic changes that beijing implemented (shutting down factories, regulations on which beijingers can drive on what days -- apparently they alternate by license plate number) have been effective.
mostly, this makes me feel hopeful about environmental repair. if, in just one year (compared to 2007) the atmospheric pollution can abate so extremely, imagine what a decade of improvements can accomplish. i just wonder what will happen once the games are over and the restrictions are lifted....fingers crossed!