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Update on Beijing air – 5 of the last 6 days well below 50 mcg standard

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Sexy Beijing CHINA OlympicsImage by kabatology via Flickr

Check it out for yourself. The most significant fact is that there is no visible evidence that Beijing caused any healthy athletes physiological distress.

So BOCOG can relax. It remains to be seen whether the extreme measures taken to limit pollutants had lasting effects. Meteorological conditions have more to do with air quality in Beijing and most other big cities in the world.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/19 at 13:09

The latest from NY Times about air pollution in Beijing

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World's most polluted cityImage by Princess Pie! via Flickr

Here’s the link and some quotes:

BEIJING — When the Canadian cyclist Svein Tuft arrived in Beijing, he feared the worst. Air pollution. Gray smog. Coughing and wheezing.

None of it occurred. When he raced for 6 ½ hours last Saturday, he was amazed. Beijing’s air, he said, was not even close to bad. The pollution concerns, he decided, “have been a massive hype.”

and another quote:

For his next research project, Rundell is investigating a possible antidote to air pollution — Viagra.

BTW dear readers, if you are Canadians are you feeling cheated by the medal results so far! I know it’s a bitch for the athletes, but even I am feeling the downer about it all.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/13 at 06:36