June 5 Photo Brief: World Environment Day, pollution, cows, pandas, elephants and soccer
China says it’s rude to say its air quality is bad, Japanese and Taiwanese tourists in China form a record-breaking 603-legged race, cows swim in, and feed on trash in India and much more in today’s World Environment Day-inspired daily brief.
China says only it has right to monitor air pollution
BEIJING (Reuters) – A senior Chinese official demanded on Tuesday that foreign embassies stop issuing air pollution readings, saying it was against the law and diplomatic conventions, in pointed criticism of a closely watched U.S. embassy index.
The level of air pollution inChina’s heaving capital varies, depending on the wind, but a cocktail of smokestack emissions, vehicle exhaust, dust and aerosols often blankets the city in a pungent, beige shroud for days on end.
Many residents dismiss the common official readings of “slight” pollution in Beijing as grossly under-stated.