Beijing’s 2008 Ch(O)ke-lympics


(photo credit: James Fallows)
I just received a short note from Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows who is living (and coughing a lot because of the ridiculously high levels of pollution) in China this year.
He shared these two blog posts — first and second — that I want to pass on.
I was in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olymics and know that in anticipation of them, L.A. did much to correct what was then a surging air quality problem. Beijing clearly has some work to do.
I’m a fan of marathons — and would not want to see anyone have to run for a tough 26.2 miles breathing that miserably dismal quality of air.
— Steve Clemons


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