Health Fears, Distrust Spur Chinese To Lift Govt Fog on Pollution Data

"BEIJING — Armed with a device that looks like an old transistor radio, some Beijing residents are recording pollution levels and posting them online. It’s an act that borders on subversion. The government keeps secret all data on the fine particles that shroud China’s capital in a health-threatening smog most days. But as they grow more prosperous, Chinese are demanding the right to know what the government does not tell them: just how polluted their city is."

Louise Watt reporets for the Associated Press had the story December 8, 2011.


"Clean Air A 'Luxury' In Beijing's Pollution Zone" (NPR)

"Blogging Battle Over Beijing Smog" (Guardian)

"Just How Bad Is Beijing's Pollution? Hint: Crazy Bad." (Mother Jones)

Source: AP, 12/08/2011