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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.
Liu Ke's mask, a new filter (R) and a used filter which he had used for two weeks are seen on a table in Beijing December 19, 2014. Liu rides a bicycle almost everyday to avoid Beijing's congested traffic. He said it is necessary for him to wear a mask when air pollution levels increase to protect himself. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS