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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.
Students hold a HEPA filter as they prepare to put it on a fan at a workshop to learn how to make the DIY air purifier at a college in Beijing October 23, 2014. Smart Air, a company which invented the DIY air filter, said that their DIY device, which combines a basic household fan with a simple HEPA filter can reduce particulate air pollution indoors at low-cost. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS