August 7, 2008 2:42 PM

By the looks of it, China is losing its battle against smog

In the era of China's great dynasties, it was believed that emperors could command the heavens at will. They could summon rain when it was needed or clear the skies. China's ruling Communist Party would love to have similar powers. Clearly, it doesn't. A defiant gray pall hangs over Beijing as the Summer Olympic Games get underway.

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