Environmental Issues Before / After Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Environmental Issues Before/After Beijing 2008 Olympics “Beijing organized the 2008 Olympic Games with the slogan, “Green Olympics, Hi-tech Olympics and People’s Olympics”. This slogan illustrates the determination of the Chinese government to offer an environmentally friendly yet impressive Olympic event.The 2008 Olympics “helped shape and foster a greater environmental awareness among the public and was an opportunity to showcase China’s commitment to growing in an environmentally sustainable manner. During the bid phase, Beijing set ambitious goals to improve the city 's environment. The goals ranged from addressing air and water quality and waste management to introducing environmental considerations in the development of new…show more content…
Beijing also implemented an improved waste processing system throughout the city in preparation for the Olympics that still benefits the city today.” Info from website (http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2013-30/file): A large setback was the problem of temporary vs long term plans… Temporary Plans Implemented: “Air Quality Guarantee Plan for the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing”. In this plan, similar control measures were extended to surrounding areas, including Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, and Shandong. In Tianjin and Hebei, this policy was compulsorily and strictly implemented. However, for Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, and Shandong, the plan was only implemented if air conditions became extremely serious. Wang et al. (2010b) found that in June 2008, the daily emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NOx), and particulate matter (PM10) in Beijing totaled 103.9, 428.5, and 362.7 tons, respectively. During the Olympic Games, the daily emissions of SO2, NOx, and PM10 in Beijing were reduced to 61.6, 229.1, and 164.3 tons, which were 41, 47, and 55% lower than the respective June 2008 emission levels.” “To reduce the emissions of NOx, and PM10, traffic control measures were also enforced in Beijing in 2008. First, from July 1 to September 20, all on-road vehicles (including trucks and passenger cars) that failed to meet the
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