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MagazineMar 4, 2015
Awareness of the dangers of Beijing's skies is on the rise, thanks to growing data on its air quality. Rising public discontent over the state of the environment has proved a powerful catalyst for change amid signs the government is starting to take the environment seriously. China will "declare war on pollution," Premier Li Keqiang told parliament in an opening address in 2014. A tougher environmental law took effect on January 1 this year.
Kong Ning wears a wedding dress decorated with 999 face masks for her performance art work 'Marry the blue sky' as she poses for a photograph in front of the China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters on a hazy day in Beijing November 19, 2014. Wearing a 10 meter-long wedding dress decorated with face masks is a part of Kong Ning's performance art work which signifies her frustration with air pollution. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS