Beijing announces emergency anti-pollution measures

Not even the irrepressible powers of Monkey were enough to provide the Chinese authorities with a day of respite from the controversy which hangs over the Beijing Olympics after it was announced that emergency measures to reduce the host city's air pollution had failed.

The air quality in Beijing failed to meet the WHO's air quality standard on four out of the seven days since a million cars were taken off the city's roads and hundreds of factories temporarily closed. With the games due to get under way in ten days organisers are set to implement plan B.

According to reports in the Chinese press the emergency measures will see the further factory closures as well the halting of all construction work. Greenpeace have applauded the measures but said that in global terms the air quality in Beijing is still not up to scratch.

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