China is moving factories, banning taxis, and even modifying the weather to clean up its dirty air in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics
At this time next year, the world's finest athletes will converge in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. They will sprint, leap, and toss their way to gold-that is, if they can get a breath of clean air. China has some of the worst pollution in the world, and bad air kills 400,000 Chinese annually [see "China's Green Evolution." In anticipation of the Olympics, Beijing has launched a massive cleanup. Some 200 factories in the area will be relocated.