The Olympic Games begin in 11 days, and yesterday Beijing looked like this in the middle of the day. But nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Everything's fine.
'The air quality in August will be good,' Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, told reporters on Sunday. He did not explain the reasons for his optimism.
Du blamed the thick haze on a combination of fog and light wind unable to blow away the pollution, but he said pollution levels now are 20 per cent lower than one year ago in similar weather conditions. He did not provide any details.
'Our job is to decrease the pollution as much as possible, but sometimes it is very common to have fog in Beijing at this time,' Du said.
Yes… "fog." Always lots of fog in July and August. The notorious fog days of summer. Just try not to breathe that salty sea air that miraculously travels the hundred miles inland from the coast. It's carcinogenic and causes birth defects.