Olympic Forecast?

Is Beijing clean enough to host an Olympics? Last week cast some serious doubts. In one 24-hour period, the city was enveloped by a dense, dirty gray fog and the air-pollution index hit 414 on a scale that tops out at 500. Authorities consider that level "heavily polluted" and recommended that citizens "avoid outdoor activities." The fog was so thick that municipal officials closed one of the city's main highways and scores of flights into the capital were delayed.

The city's experience a few weeks ago during the China-Africa Summit may have foreshadowed the kind of drastic measures required to clean...

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