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Beijing studies air pollution ahead of games

Beijing is taking action to defeat the city's air pollution problem, in a bid to ensure blue skies during the 2008 Olympic Games.
Environmentalists from China and other countries will study the emission and transfer of air pollutants in north China, according to a programme launched by Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.

Suggestions will be given on how to improve air quality in Beijing, as well as on how to best decrease pollutant emissions in neighboring provinces, once the program ends in December 2007, said Li Xin, an official from the bureau.

"It is an unprecedented environmental program in Beijing, with a record input of 26 million yuan (US$3.2 million) approved by the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission," she said.

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