Blue Skies for China

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Science  01 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5889, pp. 611
DOI: 10.1126/science.1162213

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With the Olympic games opening next week, the spotlight has been on China's final push to reduce atmospheric pollution by limiting automobile use in Beijing, expanding public transportation, and temporarily shutting down some industries. One can now see a blue sky, a testament to the country's effort to clean house before the guests arrive. The important question is whether these intentions will be maintained, and even amplified, after the games are finished.