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Chinese millionaire fights pollution with thin air

Published on Jan 30, 2013 8:16 PM
 
Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao (right) gives a can of fresh air to a man wearing a mask on a hazy day in central Beijing on Jan 30, 2013. China's foulest fortnight for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by Mr Guangbiao with a streak of showmanship who is selling canned fresh air. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's foulest fortnight for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by a multimillionaire with a streak of showmanship who is selling canned fresh air.

Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business and is a high-profile philanthropist, on Wednesday handed out soda pop-sized cans of air, purportedly from far-flung, pristine regions of China such as Xinjiang in the northwest to Taiwan, the southeast coast.

"I want to tell mayors, county chiefs and heads of big companies: don't just chase GDP growth, don't chase the biggest profits at the expense of our children and grandchildren and at the cost of sacrificing our ecological environment", Mr Chen said.

China's air quality is closely watched as it fluctuates dramatically from day to day but in recent weeks has registered far into the unhealthy zone.

 
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