02 Oct 2008:
Beijing Renews Driving Limits
In an effort to restore some of the air-quality gains it made during this summer’s Olympics, China has reinstituted driving restrictions in Beijing
. Thirty percent of government cars in the capital will remain parked each day, the government announced. And starting Oct. 11, other drivers will have to leave their vehicles home one day a week, based on the last digit of their license plates. Beijing, with more than 3.5 million cars already, is adding 1,000 new vehicles a day. Officials estimate the restriction will take 800,000 vehicles off the roads daily; in addition, businesses will stagger their opening hours, and downtown parking rates will rise in an effort to encourage public transportation. The rules echo some of those adopted temporarily during the Olympics in August, when China also limited truck traffic and shut down factories in an effort — largely successful — to clear Beijing's notoriously polluted air. In a survey last month, 69 percent supported those changes.
Yale Environment 360 is
a publication of the
Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies
Yale Environment 360
articles are now available in Spanish and Portuguese on Universia
, the online educational network. Visit the site.
Business & Innovation
Policy & Politics
Pollution & Health
Science & Technology
Antarctica and the Arctic
Central & South America
The 2015 Yale e360 Video Contest winner documents a Northeastern town's bitter battle over a wind farm. Watch the video.
is now available for mobile devices at e360.yale.edu/mobile
A 2015 Yale e360 Video Contest winner captures stunning images of wild salmon runs in Alaska. Watch the video.
video goes onto the front lines with Colorado firefighters confronting deadly blazes fueled by a hotter, drier climate. Watch the video.
A three-part series Tainted Harvest
looks at the soil pollution crisis in China, the threat it poses to the food supply, and the complexity of any cleanup. Read the series.
Top Image: aerial view of Iceland
. © Google & TerraMetrics.