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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.
Yong Xiaoyan, wears a nose mask as she works at her office in Beijing December 11, 2014. The office worker said she has used the mask everyday since she found out she was pregnant and was concerned that Beijing's air pollution could harm her foetus. The nose mask which was developed by a medical company can filter out tiny particles of pollution, the company said. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS