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  The skies of Honolulu and elsewhere across the islands have long since cleared from Friday night’s fireworks. But in China, Beijing has been suffering some of its worst air pollution in months. And authorities have come up with some new ideas to try to improve the situation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The air in northern China has been at unhealthy levels for a week. Part of the problem is seasonal—in cold weather, more coal is burned, and that adds to the air pollution. But the timing also has a political edge. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Kenneth Liu
Flickr / Kenneth Liu

  

The end of this week will bring various celebrations of the Chinese New Year around the islands. The Lunar New Year comes on Friday. But in China, it comes with a debate about fireworks.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

We’re still two weeks away from the Year of the Horse, but preparations for the lunar new year are already underway in China. The government tracks a forty-day travel period surrounding the holiday…and that started this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Sunset Noir

  

  Schools across parts of eastern China remain closed for a second day today. It’s not because of any holiday, but it’s because the air quality is so bad. And while air pollution stories from China have become commonplace, now they’re spreading across the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / nrisner06

The trade winds have dropped off a bit this week, and that’s brought muggier weather to the islands. On most days, the trades are one factor that helps keep Hawaii’s air clean. It’s a very different story for cities in emerging Asia—and one in particular is taking new steps to try to clear the air. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / ToGa Wanderings

The Chinese government is making policy changes to improve the country’s air quality. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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