In the time leading up to the Beijing Olympics, China scurried to clean up pollution, most notably, air pollution by removing cars from the roads, closing manufacturing plants, restricting other industries that produce air pollutants, and going great lengths to green the trees.
As the Olympics came to a close last night, the one question that seemed most prevalent—What next?—clouded the ceremonious ending. What happens to Beijing’s air once the world’s attention is forced to other more pressing stories: this fall’s presidential campaign, fighting in Georgia, and the volatile economy?
There are several books by the MIT Press that tackle this issue. Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China examines different ‘green taxes’ which could mitigate the damage caused by pollutants, and also lead to further economic growth.
China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development looks at the impact of Chinese-American business partnerships in the automotive industry and how current technology, if implemented in current automobile models could reduce the country’s pollution.