Air Pollution Still A Problem In Beijing

BEIJING — The Chinese capital is shrouded in a thick gray haze of pollution Tuesday, just 12 days before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

One expert is warning the drastic measures enacted to cut vehicle and factory emissions in the city are no guarantee that skies will be clear during the Beijing Games.

The pollution is among the worst seen in Beijing in the past month, despite tough traffic restrictions imposed a week ago to help reduce pollution. Visibility is a half-mile in parts of the city. At the opening of the Athletes’ Village today, the complex was invisible from the nearby main Olympic Green.

The city’s notoriously polluted air remains one of the biggest question marks hanging over the games, which begin August 8th.