It must be time for this sideshow to be halted.
Opening ceremonies tomorrow, August 8. This is the view as of 10am, August 7 in the Guomao area of Beijing.
Says James Fallows:
I suspect that a lot of this actually is “mist,” very high humidity, etc.
That is, it can’t be that much more polluted than it was 36 hours ago, when things looked much better, as shown below.
Mainly completing the chronicle, for the record.
[From The Atlantic]
8 am, July 27, 2008, looking south, twelve days until the opening ceremonies, one week into the big shutdown of factories in nearby provinces and traffic in Beijing.
This says it all.
The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate change, ended a private meeting with the words: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”
He then punched the air while grinning widely, as the rest of those present including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock.
Worth watching to the end.
Australia’s 470 men’s crew, Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page, negotiate their way through green algae on the Beijing Olympic Games sailing course at Qingdao, during training on June 24.
Rising sea temperatures have been blamed for the growth of the algae, which has begun to blight the Oympic sailing course just 44 days out from the start of the games.
[ABC News ]
Beijing-based Atlantic writer James Fallows took this view from his office window at 10am today [June 19] which is just 50 days before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Atlantic ]
Barack Obama addressing a crowd of an estimated 75,000 supporters in Portland, Oregon yesterday. Not much you can add to this. Change is coming.