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  • A.w
    A.w wrote:
    <p><img src="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/blue01_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="499" height="347" /></p> <p>365 Days of &ldquo;Blue Sky Diary&rdquo; by Two Beijingers<br /> Two people, a foolproof film camera, a heart that embraces a blue sky, and above&nbsp; all, perseverance that carries them on for 365 days. What can these do? Let&rsquo;s count how many purely &ldquo;blue sky days&rdquo; Beijing has in a year.</p> <p><img src="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/blue02_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="499" height="347" /></p> <p>&ldquo;We were both born and brought up in Beijing. We love our city. Faced with problems such as <a title="air pollution" href="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/tag/air-pollution/">air pollution</a>, we want to do more than simply complain every day. We want to take proactive steps.</p> <p>For those who live in Beijing, &lsquo;Blue Sky Index&rsquo; is very familiar. This is an indicator that the authorities use to give a quick summary of air quality. In 1998, Beijing records 100 &ldquo;blue-sky day;&rdquo; in 2009, it is said there are 285! Though the measuring methods and standards are somewhat controversial, but to find out how many on earth there are, we decided to make a count ourselves.</p> <p>Therefore, from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010, we took a picture of the sky over Beijing each day. In the picture, there is invariably a road sign. When the sky is blue, we will also invite a passerby to appear in the picture wearing a pair of funny glasses.</p> <p>We use an outdated foolproof film camera, because shooting photos for an <a title="environmental protection" href="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/tag/environmental-protection/">environmental protection</a> cause shouldn&rsquo;t require expensive equipment. Moreover, the film has a factual nature. Digital photos can be retouched and manipulated.</p> <p>From our photo diary, we finally count 180 days on which the sky looks genuinely blue, which accounts for 49% of a year.Even though dates of our photos didn&rsquo;t fall in a calendar year, it is still too far away from 78%, the figure that the authorities announced.</p> <p><img src="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/blue03_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="499" height="355" /></p> <p><img src="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/blue04_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="502" height="352" /></p> <p><img src="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/blue26_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="509" height="318" /></p> <p>Check here to read more:</p> <p>http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2010/12/photo-diary-records-air-pollution-and-belies-chinas-official-count-of-blue-sky-days/</p>

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