My beat is front and center on the world stage! Cough! COUGH! Air quality - the lack of quality oxygen - is the giant elephant in the Chinese room, I mean, country, where gas masks are the new fashion trend as world leaders descend on Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.
The world leaders descended AFTER the Chinese government closed factories and limited the driving of individual cars in an attempt to get the skies blue. Reduce air pollution by 40% was the goal, which many residents responded with a yawn and "Ho Hum" as they prefer government intervention throughout the year to ensure clean air.
The fact is that the skies are never really blue in Beijing, and locals risk negative health impacts.
And what about the rest of us living downwind?
Hopefully, the world leaders will discuss economic benefits of going green, carless, and coal and fossil fuel-free. World leaders, one can hope, will discuss supporting better air quality while controlling global warming: Create supportive laws for clean tech industries and encourage better habits of our citizens - for the greater good of all! That's what we want.
Recommended reading; a new book:The People's Republic of Chemicals by Chip Jacobs and William Kelly. (Photo on their Mandarin edition of book.)
And on Chinese smog, I met a Chinese visitor at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles who had a lot to say about air quality challenges in my interview here.
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