From Washington Monthly,
Like other cities in China, Beijing has a daily weather report and a daily pollution report. On the increasingly crowded freeways, drivers can see only so far ahead; each car leaves a wake in the smog. The dank air creeps inside buildings, into cars, into hotel rooms, leaving you nowhere to escape the distinct smell and the feeling of a weight always on your chest. The sun looks like a flashlight wrapped in cotton gauze, and the sky remains beige no matter the time of day. Most days, the city has no discernible skyline. Most nights, no moonlight or starlight pierces the darkness.
To understand why Chinese officials are genuinely concerned about the country’s growing environmental problems, you must first remember that they live here.
That is obviously true, and it is one good reason why we can be hopeful about China’s future efforts to curb pollution.
Another article in Business Week, entitled Broken China, is skeptical about the sustainability of the Chinese economic boom.