DESERT CRAPS ON BEIJING EVERY NIGHT - while Chinese drum up more trade with the US
THE CHINESE city of Beijing, with a population of 13 million people, is currently under an inch of sand, raining down on the city each night.
No one is reporting it in the UK, but the Chinese government have been releasing information on their official website.
They freely admit that a deforrestation project in Outer Mongolia means the city's problems are getting worse, as sand blows from the desert across flatlands which were once forests.
When it reaches Beijing, already one of the world's most polluted cities, it is held in clouds of polluted gas and drops when the temperature falls at night.
Road sweepers and washers are out in force, but apparently Chinese contact wearers are having a nightmare. Outdoor swimming pools aren't what they were either.
China's pollution problems are severe, even though the average Chinaman currently uses only one sixth of the world's resources each day when compared to the average American.
China announced yesterday that their economy had grown 10% in the first quarter of this year, following a 40% increase in 2005, and the President of China is currently in the USA in an attempt to increase trade.