Beijing air quality, 2008
attention was taken on 22 March 08 by an article in the Canberra Times,
beautifully headlined, "Beijing air better than IOC feared".
Which suggested to me that the IOC had studied only a
year of air quality (AQ) data
Digging deeper thru Google I found the a UK IOC press release
outlining what had been done and I was surprised to find the IOC
had only examined AQ data for the period in August 2007
corresponding with dates of the 2008 Olympics - 8 to 29 August 2007.
In my several decades of scrutinising conclusions drawn from
scientific data, seldom have I encountered a more dubious
I am waiting for media comment from the many, mainly Govt, AQ
scientists around the world and so far the silence is deafening.
AQ experts may well be talking quietly to the IOC or Chinese AQ
scientists, but we have no way of knowing that, and neither
organisation is noted for transparency.
Also found this International Herald Tribune article
casting doubt on Govt claims that Beijing air quality had improved.
There is a weblog commenting on Beijing AQ issues
I found this page in English by the Chinese "Ministry
of Environmental Protection", The People's Republic of
China, (MEP); they publish daily API values but I saw no sources
for long term AQ data.
Here is a link to the Chinese "Vehicle Environmental Protection
Website", where daily data is published but I could see no
I also found this site carried numerous downloadable reports into AQ issues for many Asian cities.
I downloaded the 125 page pdf file of the "Report on the State of the
Environment in China" for 2006.
A section on AQ starts at page 50 but two graphics are blacked
out on page 51 but I found this graphic comparing SO2 and NO2 levels for
2005 - 2006.
Cartoon from Canberra Times featuring our new Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd in the big wide world.
I intend to keep seeking long term Chinese AQ data or graphics of same
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