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to reduce pollution from industrial production, coal used as fuel, and motor vehicles, which are the t
hree major sources of pollution. In addition, more will be done to reduce pollution by up
grading heating and switching from coal to clean energy in industrial northern China.
As for the still challenging problem of water pollution, according to the GWR, China pl
ans to achieve a 2 percent decrease in both chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen emi
ssions this year as the government strengthens its efforts to curb water and soil pollution.
America’s master of malapropisms, Yogi Berra, once said that “You can observe a lot by wat
ching”. We can see with our own eyes how much progress has begun to be made in Beijing and other cities reg
arding pollution but this is merely a good beginning of a very long struggle that will be measured in decades, not ye
ars. As I write this I can clearly see the mountains that ring Beijing from my window. Once a rare occurrence, I now see
them often. It’s not scientific but it’s my personal way of knowing that the government’s war on pollution is having the
desired effect and it’s heartening to know that much more is being done in what is, in essence, a war on pollution.