Driving Up Pollution

from the NYTimes

and the Truth about Cars

  • 700,000 new cars[that] have hit Beijing roads this year
  • The city will license only 240,000 new vehicles next year
  • a car density of only 210 per thousand in China’s second most populous city
  • average in the U.S.A. is more than 800 cars per thousand.
  • China, proud consumer of more than half the planet’s cement

Because the pollution is so bad, and the roads are so crowded, Beijing is limiting the number of license plates it will issue next year.

Watch the Al-Jazeera video for the scoop on cars and the incredible pollution in Beijing.

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