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Living in China: Air Quality in Beijing is… well… depends on whom do you ask

Associated Press has got the news on a recent report which claims that Beijing’s air worse than at past Olympics, while Just ten days later, Xinhua News just boasted about how Beijing records best air quality in nine years […]

I realize that scientify data — sometimes — tends to skew towards where scientists want to, but this one is quite interesting:

Associated Press has got the news on a recent report which claims that Beijing’s air worse than at past Olympics:

Beijing’s notoriously dirty air was cleaner during last summer’s Olympic games, but pollution levels were still much worse than at recent Olympics, despite a massive Chinese cleanup campaign, a new report said.

Athletes in Beijing faced pollution levels that were up to 3.5 times higher than those in recent Olympic cities like Athens, Atlanta and Sydney, said the study published Friday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The pollution often exceeded what the World Health Organization considers safe.

The joint American-Chinese study – the first major one published on air pollution during the Olympics – also found that the weather, and not the Chinese government’s strict controls imposed in the run-up to the games, played the largest role in clearing the air.

Just ten days later, Xinhua News just boasted about how Beijing records best air quality in nine years:

Beijing saw 146 “blue sky days” during the first half of the year, which means the city’s residents breathed in the least amount of pollutant in nine years, an environment official said Tuesday.

The blue sky days so far this year was 23 days more than the corresponding period last year and 47 days than the average level in recent years, said Du Shaozhong, deputy chief of Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau.

Go figure!

By Itamar Medeiros

I'm a Strategist, Branding Specialist, Experience Designer, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator based in Germany, where I work as Director of Design Strategy and Systems at SAP and visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, I've helped truly global companies in several countries (Brazil, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, The United Arab Emirates, United States, Hong Kong) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles.

During my 7 years in China, I've promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

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