Beijing to smite smog for Olympics

The Chinese government is looking to take some drastic steps to cut back on pollution when world-class athletes gather in force next summer.

Beijing's Fourth Ring Road, April 2007 Tom Krazit/CNET

Anyone who's been to Beijing in recent years knows that there's no such thing as a clear blue sky over China's capital city, what with its endless array of construction projects, a still hearty smokestack industry, and a rising sea of automobiles on the roads. Not a very hospitable environment for world-class athletes looking to turn in peak performances for next summer's Olympic games there. Hence, the Chinese government is looking to take some drastic steps to cut back on the pollution.

See the full story in The New York Times: "Beijing to Halve Traffic for Games"

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Jonathan Skillings is managing editor of CNET News, based in the Boston bureau. He's been with CNET since 2000, after a decade in tech journalism at the IDG News Service, PC Week, and an AS/400 magazine. He's also been a soldier and a schoolteacher, and will always be a die-hard fan of jazz, the brassier the better.


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